New Delhi: Former Australia captain Greg Chappell has criticised Indian opener Virender Sehwag's work ethic, calling him one of the great frustrations of his time as India coach.

“To say that Viru (Sehwag) was one of the great frustrations of my time with the team is an understatement. Sadly, he continues to disappoint and is in danger of squandering his God-given talent. The person who is least likely to be fazed by all of this is Virender himself,” Chappell wrote in The Hindu newspaper.

“He had never had to work hard at developing such a skill, Viru did not know how to dedicate himself to disciplined training… it is unlikely that Sehwag will ever change. It is probably too late now,” he added.

Chappell felt Sehwag had the skill to captain the side, but not the temperament. “Strangely, for someone who only wants to play the game on his terms, he harbours a desire to captain his country. I have no doubt that he could do it for he understands the game well, but what he fails to grasp is that with the honour comes responsibility.

“He seemed more concerned with his strike rate than the bigger picture. He would play shots from the first ball and not stop until he got out, which was often just when the team needed him to go on to a big score,” he added.

Chappell coached India from 2005 to 2007.


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