Team India disrupted as an unit under the coaching of Greg Chappell. His tumultuous two-year stint between 2005 to 2007 saw the national shape it the worst shape. Players were not happy with his management, he had a spat with captain Sourav Ganguly, and many still voice their opinions against him, including the likes of veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh.
Harbhajan Singh was then the flag-bearer of Indian spin bowling, the veteran is still eyeing to make a return for the national team, after having played his last international match in 2016. Away from the international circuit, Harbhajan Singh has plied his trade for two most successful teams in the IPL – Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) – and continues to be a regular in the lucrative tournament.
Harbhajan Singh: 2007 50-over World Cup was the lowest point of my career
Harbhajan Singh said no knew the intention Greg Chappell had with the side. The entire team was disrupted and subsequently the 2007 World Cup was the lowest point of his career. At the 2007 World Cup, India registered a major upset, as they were knocked out in the group stage after a loss to then second-lowest ranked Bangladesh side.
The veteran said the entire team was in wrong hands with Greg Chappell trying to divide and lead the team.
“When Greg Chappell came as the coach of our side, he disrupted the entire team, no one knows what was his motive when he came to coach us, no one knows how to disrupt a solid team better than him, he used to do whatever he wanted,” Harbhajan said on the official YouTube channel of Aakash Chopra.
“2007 50-over World Cup has to be the lowest point of my career, I thought we are going through such a difficult time and I also thought that maybe it is not right time to play for India, wrong people were at the helm of Indian cricket, Greg Chappell was trying to divide and lead, he used to do such things,” he added.
Singh, 39, has picked up 417 Test wickets and 269 in ODIs for India.