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Sachin means his words against Greg Chappell, he must have been hurt: Chetan Chauhan
The usual Sachin Tendulkar never brought out private conversations in the open during his cricket days for the last two decades or so, but his yet to be published autobiography 'Playing it my way,' has opened a pandora's box against the former Indian coach, Greg Chappell, referring him as the 'ringmaster'. The Indian Little Master has attacked Greg Chappell for his way of dealing with cricketers during his stint as the Indian coach.

It is not only Tendulkar who has talked in the same manner against Greg Chappell, but players like Maninder Singh have backed Sachin Tendulkar and another player who played under Greg, Harbhajan Singh also spoke against the former Indian coach, referring to him as the headmaster. Zaheer, also in the past had spoken against the Australian.

Another former Indian cricketer, Chetan Chauhan also echoes on the same lines stating that Tendulkar must be hurt by Chappell. He said, ''Sachin Tendulkar is a great player along with it a great human being and he means his words. He must be hurt by Chappell on many things, hence he must have said it in the autobiography.''

There are a number of things, which Tendulkar has mentioned in the book. He has stated that he was surprised to see Chappel's lack of respect for the then captain Dravid, as Chappell wanted him to captain the side before the 2007 cricket world cup. He has also stated that the senior cricketers were not treated well by Chappell, hence they were a happy lot, when he had left the Indian coaching job as well.

Apart from the many, one would never forget the sour relationship between Ganguly and Chappell also. Such things brings into light the kind of atmosphere inside the dressing room, when Chappell tried to boss them around. It is no surprise that the Indian team failed to go past the knock out stages of the 2007 world cup also.

''It is sad to see that Greg Chappell was dividing the team, rather than uniting them as a cohesive unit,'' said Madhav Apte, former Indian cricketer.

While Greg Chappell has come out in the open and rubbished as to the things that have been put forward by Sachin Tendulkar. His statement as released by Cricket Australia read, ''Whilst I don't propose to get into a war of words, I can state quite clearly that during my time as Indian coach I never contemplated Sachin replacing Rahul Dravid as captain. I was therefore very surprised to read the claims made in the book."

There might be very few would agree with Chappell more than Tendulkar, as the Indian is one of the ambassadors of the game and is said to the be one of the nicest and cleanest cricketer that the game has ever seen. What makes Tendulkar's case even more stronger is the way Sachin stayed aloof from controversies during his playing days, compared to Chappell for many an off field reasons as well.

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