‘As a captain, you don’t delegate decisions that affect winning or losing’: Ian Chappell

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We speak to the legendary Australian captain Ian Chappell on a book he published in 1992 – Chappelli: The Cutting Edge.

Chappell offers his thoughts on captaincy, coaching, cricket administration and the muddled approach of those running the game today. Having followed the game for over seven decades – and read avidly about its evolution – he offers both critique and perspective while burnishing his arguments with insightful (and often hilarious) anecdotes.

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Talking Points:

  • Test cricket’s parlous future both in the 1990s as well as the present
  • Evaluating a captain – and the difficulty of explaining good captaincy
  • Captaincy as amateur psychology – and the time-consuming nature of it
  • Getting the best out of his fast bowlers, especially Dennis Lillee
  • The challenge, and satisfaction, in captaining match-winners like Doug Walters
  • Why the best coaches should be working with players at a formative stage
  • How senior players are often better coaches than the appointed coach
  • His relationship with Richie Benaud – as mentor and friend
  • The thrill of the hook, and how modern techniques are not favorable to the shot
  • The age-old problem of over-rates
  • Sir Garry Sobers: genius nonpareil


Ian Chappell

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)


Chappelli: The Cutting Edge – Ian Chappell – Amazon

Ian Chappell column on ESPNcricinfo

‘Captaincy is not a 9 to 6 job’ – Ian Chappell interview – Sportstar archive

Why Bruce Laird’s World Series knocks were as good as Test hundreds – Ian Chappell – The Cricket Monthly

The science of deception – Ian Chappell and Erapalli Prasanna on the thrill and skill of spin bowling – The Cricket Monthly

‘Early in life I worked out that being yourself is the easiest thing’ – Ian Chappell on the transition to commentary – The Cricket Monthly

‘I get really annoyed with one-sided cricket’ – Ian Chappell on 30 years of broadcasting – ESPNcricinfo


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