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Posted on 2014-11-05

NEW DELHI/MELBOURNE: Sachin Tendulkar‘s scathing indictment of former coach Greg Chappell was Tuesday backed by many former teammates even as the Australian hit back at the batting legend’s claim that he tried to topple Rahul Dravid as captain.

In his autobiography Playing It My Way, extracts of which were released Monday, Tendulkar says Chappell asked him to take over from Dravid a few months before the 2007 World Cup.

Chappell, who coached India between 2005 and 2007, rejected the claim, saying he “never contemplated” such a move.

“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,” Chappell said in a statement.

In the book  to be released worldwide November 6  Sachin, who retired from international cricket last year, says Chappell visited him at home a few months before the showpiece event in the Caribbean and suggested that he become the captain.