Australia just weren’t good enough: Ian Chappell

Australia’s iconic no-nonsense former captain feels there’s no in-between situation in cricket

By Lokendra Pratap Sahi in Sydney
  • Published 8.01.19, 3:42 AM
  • Updated 8.01.19, 3:42 AM
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Ian Chappell The Telegraph file picture

Ian Michael Chappell, Australia’s iconic no-nonsense former captain, may have been seething with rage, but the 75-year-old gave restrained answers during a brief interaction with The Telegraph on Monday.

It was, of course, evident that Ian is upset.

Excerpts...

Q Did Australia’s lack of fight in much of the four-Test series infuriate you?

A No.

Q Why not?

A Because Australia just weren’t good enough. Either you are good enough or you are not. There’s no in-between situation.

Q Last April itself, you’d told me ‘It would be India’s best chance. (Virat) Kohli and his boys will have to grab it with both hands’...

A There you are.

Q Knowing that India would be formidable, would you have revoked the bans on Steve Smith and David Warner?

A No. A ban is a ban. They’ve been punished for 12 months, so let that get over (in March).

Q Who or what made the biggest difference in the series?

A One man: Cheteshwar Pujara.

[Pujara got adjudged the Player of the Series.]

Q Finally... Your take on Virat’s captaincy?

A Kohli led very well. It got reflected in the result.