And so there we have it .
The “revelations” spoke to four national selectors – Ranjib Biswal, Bhupinder Singh Sr, Venkatapathy Raju and Sanjay Jagdale, the last-named also the team manager at the World Cup. There were two broad themes to the revelations in the sting: factionalism within the team, and Greg Chappell’s performance as coach.
I’m still waiting for the videos / youtube versions / transcripts which should be all over the place pretty soon.
But regardless, the smut will follow. We’ll start digging up the Rajan Bala SMS’. Rake up every interview Greg Chappell gave. We’ll even look for some great insight from Jaywant Lele and other dignitaries. They might try and analyse why Sachin padded up. Was it deliberate ? Wonder if there was a bookie nexus ? A player contract about it ? Did he play Paul Harris like Derek Underwood because he wanted to be captain ? Did Rahul Dravid stop being a team man? Worse – did he stop being his own man?
Irrespective , its going to be a messy time.
And its going to be very hard to shake the concept that India came out of Greg Chappell’s tenure a considerably weaker team.