India won the World Cup for the second time on 2 April 2011 by defeating Sri Lanka in the final. (Suresh Raina/Twitter)
Suresh Raina, one of the legendary cricketers, has written in his autobiography ‘Believe, What Life and Cricket Taught Me’ that coach Greg Chappell was behind the World Cup win in 2011. Sreesanth, Munaf Patel and Suresh Raina, who were members of the 2011 World Cup winning team, made their debuts as Chappell’s coach.
New Delhi. Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina believes that Team India became the world champion in 2011 because of Greg Chappell, the former head coach of India. Chappell was made the coach of the Indian cricket team in 2005 for two years. It is also said that former captain Sourav Ganguly had a big hand behind making Chappell the coach. Later, however, Chappell resigned from his post due to bad relations with Ganguly.
Team India won the ODI World Cup for the second time in 2011 under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In 2007, under Dhoni’s leadership, the Indian team became the T20 World Champion. Raina wrote about Chappell’s influence on Indian cricket in his autobiography ‘Believe, What Life and Cricket Taught Me’. Sreesanth, Munaf Patel and Suresh Raina, who were members of the 2011 World Cup winning team, made their debuts as Chappell’s coach.
34-year-old Raina wrote in the book, ‘Greg Chappell should be given the credit for creating a generation of Indian players. The seeds he had sown bore fruit later, when the team won the World Cup in 2011. I think amidst all the controversies, during his tenure as coach, he told the Indian team the importance of winning and winning. Chappell was the coach of Team India in 2007 when India’s performance in the ODI World Cup was very poor and he had to be out in the first round.
Also read, Raina said – was in the team on the basis of ability, not because of friendship with DhoniIn the 90s and early 2000s, India was largely considered weak in chasing the target. When the team used to come under extreme pressure, the batting could not be that good. However, India emerged as a strong team under Chappell’s leadership, especially while chasing the target. Chasing the target under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid, India won 14 consecutive matches.
Raina credited the efforts of the captain and Chappell. Raina wrote, ‘We were all playing well at that time, but I remember that he used to stress a lot about the run chase in the team meeting regarding batting..’