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Sachin does not need my advice, he is getting plenty of it: Chappell

Jaipur, Nov 17 (UNI) Former Indian cricket coach Greg Chappell today refused to give any advice to Sachin Tendulkar, saying that the master blaster was already getting plenty of it.

Asked why Tendulkar had missed so many centuries in this season, and what he would suggest as a solution, Chappell replied, ''It is just a minor hiccup in his progress. I cannot give him any advice because he is already receiving plenty of it.'' He said he was happy with the work he has been doing for Rajasthan cricket and added ''It is a great experience to coach the young talent.'' For him, the cricketer of the future will be one who can ''go beyond fear, be accountable, take responsibility for the team and be the complete team player''.

Speaking about the youngsters he proposes to train as part of the Cricket Star T20 at the Rajasthan Cricket Associations' Future Cricket Academy at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here this evening, Chappell stressed that the cricketer of the future would be very different from the cricekter of the past.

''We are looking for athletes who can play cricket, those who can make an impact,'' he said.

Asked to name his ideals -- those who had already attained such levels -- Chappell pointed to Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Andrew Flintoff, Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan as ideals.

''These are players who can impose themselves on a game in some shape or form. They are flexible, adaptable and possess a number of different skills. A lot of which is mental, a lot of it physical.'' On how cricket was changing in the wake of the success of the recent Twenty20 World Championship, Chappell, who is at present director of the Rajasthan Cricket Academy, said that the game was changing as had happened when 50-over cricket came under the ambit of the World Series Cricket launched by Kerry Packer.

''Cricket is going through an exciting phase. It is a lot like back in 1977, when white balls, coloured clothing, rule changes. But the transition between Test cricket and 50-over cricket was a a big one. The transition between 50-over cricket and Twenty20 will not be that big.

''There we were shifting between five-day games and matches in 100 overs. Not it is from 100 overs to 40. Equally, the demands on the players will be very different in each form of the game.

Twenty20 is a game for young, athletic legs,'' said the Aussie.


Story first published: Saturday, November 17, 2007, 20:36 [IST]
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