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After Sehwag, Bhajji ridicules Chappell

Chappell refused to listen to players and created self-doubts, says Bhajji.

February 3, 2009, 7:31 PM IST
After Sehwag, Bhajji ridicules Chappell

New Delhi: After Virender Sehwag, star India spinner Harbhajan Singh lashed out at Greg Chappell on Tuesday, accusing the former India coach of browbeating players and putting doubts in their mind.

Harbhajan said Chappell, during his tumultuous two-year tenure, refused to listen to players and created self-doubt among the cricketers.

"(Under him) our mind was not working properly. He put a lot of doubts in my mind and in other players' as well. That you know you are not good enough," Harbhajan told Times Now channel.

"Lot of things were happening and we were not happy with lot of things," he said, refusing to delve into the details.

Incidentally, Sehwag too had a similar view on Chappell, who, the Delhi player alleged, betrayed the trust of the players.

Apart from Sehwag and Harbhajan, Chappell reportedly had problems with Zaheer Khan as well and the off-spinner confirmed the soured relation between the then coach and the players.

"He (Chappell) just wanted to say whatever he felt and didn't want to listen.

"If you see the record, I think we have done wonders in the last two years. But if you see when he was around, we didn't play well at all. We hardly won anywhere," Harbhajan said.

Chappell, however, was not the only problem for Harbhajan who created a furore last year when he slapped the then India teammate S Sreesanth during an Indian Premier League match. Harbhajan said he regretted the incident and has learnt his lesson.

"I just lost my control (Over emotions). I should not have done that. I think I made a big mistake. He (Sreesanth) is a great guy," Harbhajan said.

"...Woh meri galti thi (I made the mistake) and I apologised to the whole of India. People look upto us as role models and by doing such a thing, we didn't set a good example.

"I picked the phone and said I should not have done this. I don't know how it happened. I could not realise how it happened," Harbhajan said.

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