Former Australian captain Greg Chappell served as coach of the Indian cricket team from 2005 to 2007. His tenure was full of controversies. Chappell’s coach Sourav Ganguly had to miss the captaincy first and he was later dropped from the team. Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina has a completely different approach to the chapel. Suresh praised Raina Chappell and said he was fortunate to get a chance to play under his coaching.
While interacting with Gaurav Kapoor on The 22 Yarns Podcast, Suresh Raina said, “I think Greg Chappell and Rahul Dravid are very disciplined. I and many other young people on the team worked really hard. He wanted to have a lot of young players on the team. We got coaches like them, where they supported the younger players. He wanted to make India the number one on the fielding team.
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Significantly, Suresh entered the Indian team under Raina Chappell’s coach and was part of the team that won the 2007 T20 World Cup under MS Dhoni. Raina retired from international cricket last year. But he is playing for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Raina also praised former Uttar Pradesh captain and former India batsman Mohammad Kaif.
He said Kaif helped him become a better leader. Raina, who praised Dhoni, said MS Dhoni had taught him how to support players as a leader. “I learned a lot about captaincy in the Ranji Trophy by my Uttar Pradesh captain Kaif Bhai. I had many experienced players like Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum in the Gujarat Lions. He taught me how to support players as a leader.