Despite all the controversies, Chappell taught Team India how to win: Raina

Suresh Raina made his international debut in 2005. His international career kick-started under Australian coach Greg Chappell. It was when the likes of Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir came through their ranks and turned out to be ultimate match-winners for the team.

Despite all the controversies, Chappell taught Team India how to win: Raina

Raina made a mark for himself in international cricket. The elegant southpaw entertained the fans with an attacking style of play. He retired from international cricket in late August 2020. Nonetheless, he is still playing in the Indian Premier League just like MS Dhoni.

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The southpaw has looked in decent touch for the CSK in the 14th edition of the IPL before the tournament was suspended by the BCCI for an indefinite time. However, the IPL 2021 will resume in the United Arab Emirates on September 19 with the final scheduled on October 15.

Meanwhile, Raina, in his upcoming autobiography, Believe, What Life and Cricket Taught Me, showered praise on former India head coach Greg Chappell. Raina emphasized the impact Chappell had on the Indian team as far as chasing the totals are concerned.

Chappell’s coaching stint was from 2005-2007 with India. However, he came under fire for the manner in which he handled Sourav Ganguly, who was expelled from the team at the time.

Raina heaps praise on Chappell

Meanwhile, Raina highlighted how the former Australian captain had a good influence on that generation of Indian players. In his autobiography, Suresh Raina wrote: “In my opinion, Greg deserves a lot of credit for shaping that generation of Indian players.

The fruits of the seeds he had sown were seen much later when we won the 2011 World Cup. I think somewhere along the line, despite all the controversies around his coaching career, he taught India how to win and the importance of winning.”

It is to be noted that India were a tad nervous in terms of chasing the totals in ODIs during the ’90s and early 2000s. Nonetheless, under Greg Chappell, Team India blossomed as a strong team while chasing totals. It was under Dravid’s captaincy, Team India won 14 consecutive games while chasing.

“He (Greg Chappell) taught us to chase totals. We were all playing well at that point, but I remember him stressing a lot on breaking down run chases at batting meetings. The credit for that goes to both Greg and Rahul Bhai.

Eventually, the batting order was fixed very well —Yuvi, Dhoni and me. By then, we had learnt how to take the pressure as well as the responsibility of chasing and winning. I picked up a lot of lessons from Greg,” Raina added.

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