Sachin Tendulkar and his autobiography playing it my way – Sachin Tendulkar and his autobiography playing it my way – Sachin Tendulkar talks about Greg Chappell in his new autobiography
Former Indian great and batting icon, Sachin Tendulkar created a huge furore in the Indian cricket society when the former disclosed some excerpts from his new autobiography, ‘Playing It My Way’ to the media.
Even before the book has hit the stands, it’s already created some controversy amongst many.
In one of the many revelations in the book, Sachin Tendulkar has attacked former India coach, Greg Chappell stating that the Aussie made a “shocking” suggestion to him to take over India’s captaincy from Rahul Dravid months before the 2007 World Cup.
In the book Sachin writes, “Together, we could control Indian cricket for years”, the Aussie told Tendulkar during a visit to his home when he offered to “help me in taking over the reins of the side” from Dravid, the master batsman wrote in his autobiography.
The ‘Master Blaster’ further states in the book that Chappell was a “ringmaster who imposed his ideas on the players without showing any signs of being concerned about whether they felt comfortable or not”. Even as Sachin Tendulkar made such shocking revelations about Greg Chappell, we ask that why the batting icon decide to come out NOW! Why was he quiet then? Also, there were many more such incidents that took place under the noses of Tendulkar and the latter still continued to stay mime.
Here are some 5 moments where we feel Sachin should have spoken as well:
2008 ‘Slapgate’ incident: When co-Mumbai Indians player and Indian teammate, Harbhajan Singh slapped rival and another India player, Sreesanth, it send everyone into frenzy! But as the duo reconciled over the incident, the brand ‘IPL’ and Indian cricket took a huge setback. At that juncture, where did SRT disappear and why did the batsman did not share his own opinion on the incident, remains a mystery!
Sourav Ganguly captaincy episode: In 2005, Sourav Ganguly lost his captaincy due to his dual with then coach Greg Chappell. Ganguly was also omitted from the team in the series against Zimbabwe much to the bemusement of Indian fans back home. Years later, Sachin has brought back the ghastly memories but sadly, the Master Blaster did not offer support to his former teammate and partner then, sad!
2013 Spot-fixing scandal: Even as Mumbai Indians’ Sachin Tendulkar enjoyed IPL success with pomp and joy, there were some ‘dark moments’ as well that back tracked the lucrative league. 4 players including S. Sreesanth were arrested by Delhi police for their hand in ‘spot fixing’ some games for their team, Rajasthan Royals. Even as the world spoke about the maligned episode, Tendulkar, ‘the God’, decided to stay mum.
India’s abject losses in 2011: Indian team were crowned World Champions in 2011 but that was not the same about the Test arena. MS Dhoni’s side lost 8-consecutives Test matches in England and Australia with Sachin Tendulkar being a part in the side. Sachin remained silent on the debacle issue and continued to back Dhoni, then.
N Srinivasan saga: Even when BCCI and N Srinivasan were going through turmoil, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar remained silent on the issue surrounding Srinivasan’s son-in-law connections with the spot-fixing saga.