In the Indian cricket again, there has been a spat of controversy over the coach and the captain. Anil Kumble resigned from the post after retiring from captain Virat Kohli. Now the team goes without a coach to the West Indies tour. But this is not the first time that the coach and the captain have been disputed. Everyone remembers the story of Sourav Ganguly and Greg Chappell. But did you know that when Sachin Tendulkar was the captain, there was still controversy with his coach Kapil Dev.In his book ‘Playing It My Way’, Sachin had spoken of his displeasure with Kapil. Sachin had said in the book that he was disappointed with Kapil Dev’s nature on the 2000 tour of Australia. Sachin had written that Kapil did not even consider himself involved in the team’s strategic decisions.A chapter in the book Tumultuous Times: India in Australia, November 1999 – In January 2000, Sachin wrote that my expectations were too much for Kapil Dev. He was my second stint as captain and Kapil was our coach. Apart from being one of India’s most spectacular players, there were also world’s best all-rounders.“I have always believed that the coach’s place is very important in the team and they were involved in the strategy set-up of the team. Sachin had written that Kapil Dev’s thinking was that the team should be handed over to the captain and that the coach should not become a partner in the strategy. It also affected his captaincy, sending Robin Singh number 3 in the 1997 Sharjah series, batting at number 4 on my own.
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