Adelaide: In a
vicious attack on Indian culture and Indian cricket team of which he was
the coach, Greg Chappell has said that the side lacked leaders because
parents, school teachers and coaches made all the decisions in the Indian
"The (Indian) culture is very different, it's not a team
culture. They lack leaders in the team because they are not trained to be
leaders. From an early age, their parents make all the decisions, their
schoolteachers make their decisions, their cricket coaches make the
decisions," Chappell said. "The culture of India is such that, if you put
your head above the parapet someone will shoot it. Knock your head off. So
they learn to keep their head down and not take responsibility.
Poms (British) taught them really well to keep their head down. For if
someone was deemed to be responsible, they'd get punished. So the Indians
have learned to avoid responsibility. So before taking responsibility for
any decisions, they prefer not to," Chappell was quoted as saying by
cricinfo at a promotional event for his book 'Fierce Focus'. Chappell said
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was an exception to that rule but even
he seems to have lost to the system.
"Dhoni is one of the most impressive young men that I have ever worked
with. When he came into that Indian team, you just knew that he was a
leader in the making. He was definitely someone who could make decisions,
and he didn't mind putting his head above the parapet, and didn't mind
putting the bigger players in their place. I think he is the best thing to
have happened to Indian cricket in recent times," he said.