(Last Updated on : 13/08/2014)
Gregory Stephen Chappell (born August 7, 1948) is a former coach of the Indian cricket team. One of the greatest Aussie batsmen, Greg Chappell played 87 Tests for Australia and led the side in 48 of those matches. Chappell has the unique distinction of scoring a century in both his first and last Test. A stylish cricketer, Chappell was known to score heavily on the leg side. He had the honour of captaining Australia in the two Centenary Tests played - one at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1977, and the other at Lord's in 1980. There is no doubting that he was a great cricketer but his decision to ask his brother Trevor to bowl an underarm delivery in an ODI against New Zealand in 1981 drew him flak from all corners. Australia won the match but the Chappell's decision went against the spirit of the game and is one of the lowest points in the history of the game. In hindsight, both accept it was a mistake but the incident still stands out as a sore thumb in his otherwise glorious career.
As a coach, he took charge of the South Australian team and was even a consultant at Pakistan's National Cricket Academy. Chappell even tried his hand as a commentator for ABC Radio. In 2002, he made it to the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. After much hype, he was finally given the post of the Indian cricket team in May 2005 for a period of two years. Like his career as a cricketer, his coaching stint too has had its share of controversies. A public spat with former captain Sourav Ganguly made headlines all over the media. Apart from Australia, Greg also played for South Australia, Queensland and Somerset.
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