Sehwag was a frustration for me as coach: Greg Chappell

Deborshi Chaki & Diptosh Majumdar | Updated: September 28, 2012, 1:16 PM IST
Sehwag was a frustration for me as coach: Greg Chappell

Fanning the ongoing 'Virender Sehwag' debate, legendary Australian batsman Greg Chappell has termed the out-of-form batsman as "one of the great frustrations" of his time as India coach.

"To say that Viru was one of the great frustrations of my time with the team is an understatement. Sadly, he continues to disappoint and is in danger of squandering his God-given talent," Chappell said in his latest column in the Hindu.

Chappell also questioned Sehwag's dedication towards "disciplined training", saying even "no amount of cajoling from me could shift him from his insouciant way."

"...Viru did not know how to dedicate himself to disciplined training. It was only during periods of relative poor form that he was prepared to spend time getting things back on track. As soon as he made some runs he slipped back into old habits and appeared content_cn to practise in the same old profligate way; until his form evaporated again," Chappell added.

Chappell said: "...Viru did not want to dedicate himself to taking his talent to its zenith. He was happy to turn up and play and accept what came his way...."

Chappell continued his scathing remarks on the batsman, saying the dashing batsman although wants the prize, he has been unwilling to play the price for it. "...he [Sehwag] harbours a desire to captain his country. I have no doubt that he could do it for he understands the game well, but what he fails to grasp is that with the honour comes responsibility. In fact, the responsibility to show personal leadership has to come before one can earn the higher honour. He wants the prize, but has been unwilling to pay the price."

Greg Chappell terms Sehwag as great frustrations

First Published: September 28, 2012, 1:16 PM IST

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