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Tendulkar comes down heavily on former India coach Kapil Dev

Last updated on: November 06, 2014 15:23 IST

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Kapil Dev, coach of India, talks to the team during a training session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on December 22, 1999. Photograph: Hamish Blair/ALLSPORT/Getty Images

'He (Kapil) did not involve himself in strategic discussions that would help us on the field’, Tendulkar claims in his just-released autobiography.

One of India’s finest all-rounders, Kapil Dev was a "disappointment" when it came to coaching, reveals batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar in his autobiography Playing It My Way.

Tendulkar has claimed that he was left disappointed by Kapil during one of the Australia tours since the coach never involved himself in strategic discussions.

In the chapter titled, Tumultuous Times: India in Australia, November 1999–January 2000, Tendulkar has written that he had high expectations from Kapil.

"During my second stint as captain, we had Kapil Dev as our coach. He is one of the finest cricketers to have played for India and one of the best all-rounders of all time, and I had great expectations of him in Australia.

"I have always maintained that the coach's job is an important one, for he is in a position to play a key role in formulating team strategy. Who better than Kapil to come up with options for me during a tough tour of Australia?

"However, his method of involvement and his thought process was limited to leaving the running of the team to the captain, and hence he did not involve himself in strategic discussions that would help us on the field," Tendulkar writes.

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