Ex- India coach Greg Chappell, in a latest book, has said that Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar was “mentally fragile” at a particular period of his illustrious career, and was beset with “self-doubt“. Chappell, who had a debatable 3 year stint as India coach from 2005-07, said in his latest book ‘Fierce Focus’ that Tendulkar’s state of mind had been “surprisingly fragile” in 2006.
“At one stage early in my period with the (Indian) side … he came and spoken to me for about 2 hrs,” Chappell wrote in his latest book, a brief extract of which was released in the ’Herald Sun’. “He was annoyed with his form and racked with self-doubt. Since he’d return in Malaysia (in a ODI event in 2006), Sachin’s mental state had been remarkably fragile, and he came to me for support,” Chappell said, apparently talking about a stage when Tendulkar was fighting for form, besides also having surgical treatment for tennis elbow.
Chappell, who was sacked a couple of months back as Australia’s national selector, reportedly after a fall out with senior players, advised that Tendulkar could have been suffering from the weight of hopes. Chappell’s thoughts about Sachin came hardly 2 months before what could be the Indian maestro’s farewell 4 Test trip of Aussie this season.