Ian Chappell Hates Shahid Afridi

I’m a bit late to this, but after watching the Pakistan v. Australia highlights (at cricket-online.tv; try it now!), I have to ask: just how much does Ian Chappell hate Pakistan’s captain?

Did anyone else notice this? For a good 15 minutes, Chappell railed against Shahid Afridi’s choices — why didn’t he have this fielding position; why did he choose that bowler; why does he keep “missing a trick”? Even Afridi’s way of celebrating wickets (like a gymnast after a somersault, two index fingers in the sky) drew Chappell’s ire — surely, he said, his teammates are getting tired of seeing that. (Why? Did teammates get annoyed when Freddie parted the Red Sea and, to quote Uncle J Rod, “became Jesus”?)

Actually, this is part of a larger pattern of behavior for Chappell. Most commentators tend to be ex-players (Harsha Bhogle aside), and some of them come to grips with their not playing better than others. Sourav Ganguly, Atherton, Nasser Hussain — these guys understand what captains and bowlers try to do, and they explain it. Chappell, Gavaskar, Ian Botham — these guys do not understand what players do and constantly berate captains for not doing things they would do.

It’s backseat captaincy at its worst, because it ruins the whole experience for viewers. Granted, captains sometimes make appalling decisions (Dhoni’s last two games have been examples), and I don’t mind commentators putting forth a question or two. What I cannot stand is hearing  a commentator go on and on, especially with that patronizing tone best suited for high school math teachers. Chappell is the worst offender in this regard, and is all the more annoying because his only mode is attack. If there isn’t a close-in fielder around a batsman (no matter what the situation), he’ll start on a tirade. If a player smiles and has a chat with the opposition, he might as well be hanged for treason.

I suspect there’s something deeper to his dislike. There’s something in Chappell’s method– a ruthless mission, an organized pursuit of victory — that simply cannot understand Pakistan. Unlike Chappell, who cannot bear any mischief (or perhaps even the pure expression of joy on the field), Pakistan excels with X-factors and hidden talents that only reveal themselves when they see fit. The Australian mind just can’t handle it.

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31 thoughts on “Ian Chappell Hates Shahid Afridi

  1. Faran Ghumman says:

    LOL, This is a brilliant way to put how senile that old timer Chappell is, He hates Afridi we already knew that but that day he passed the limits and that’s not it after the game he gave his ‘views’ to Cricinfo about the game and said the same things about Afridi’s celebration and then some, says his team-mates must be sick of him the way he celebrates well guess what I am gettin sick of this old bastard

  2. osman shah says:

    chappell is stupid he cant take his team defeated by pakistan so he started against afridi afridi is a great bowler hes not a batsman but when he hits he blow ur dog in a ditch chappell and all aussies are cunt

  3. kuram says:

    He really pissed me off during that game. He even criticised the team huddle after bundling Aus out for 175. There is something really wrong with Chappel, and he should be shown the door.

    In my opinion, Nasser Hussein is the best commentator bar none. He has a very good grasp over the game, have a deep understanding of other countries and their cultures, motivations, attitudes and all his expertise show when he is commenting.

    • duckingbeamers says:

      Oh, that’s right– I completely forgot about the huddle! Pakistan gets rid of Australia for a paltry score, they huddle, and Chappell says, “Now get back to the dressing room and figure out how you’re going to chase that score down.”

      Uh…

    • zain says:

      Chappel is an idiot. he is so biased it shows. It’s about time he gets shown the door…I actually turn off the commentary when the idiot is on

  4. Bilal says:

    Watching match in Melbourne with my wife, I was so upset and disgraced by the Ian Chappel comments. He is always against Pakistan for some reason and always wanted to humiliate Pakistan in front of the whole world. Why can’t our Pakistani commentator like Rameez Raja and Wasim Akram defend Pakistan. Why can’t our so called patriotic commentator do not discuss incident when Brad Haddin pushed Younus Khan. If that was done by Pakistani player, Ian Chappel would have discussed million times. Our Pakistani commentators should have brought shame to Aussies while Younus was trying to patch up the heated argument and he even pushed him.
    I don’t know the venues, but can we please raise this with ESPN commentator team to ask Mr. Chappel to leave character assination compaign for Pakistani players. What is wrong with Shahid Afridi’s style, he can do whatever he wants to. What about Tait and Lee throwing balls at our batsmen even when they are inside the crease.
    Can anyone please escalate this issue with media or ask Wasim and Rameez to at least defend Pakistani players rather than get involved and bring shame on Pakistan.

    • Afraaz Ayaz says:

      BILAL, WHY DO I FEEL THAT RAMEEZ IS EITHER SCARED OR JUST A PAWN IN THIS????

      I HAVE HEARD HOW INDIAN COMMENTATORS AND EX-PLAYERS PRAISE THEIR TEAM MATES.

      IF WASEEM OR RAJA WERE TO PUT THEIR FOOT DOWN THEN CHAPPEL WOULD NEVER HAVE THE GUTS TO INSULT A PAKISTANI TEAM PLAYER AGAIN

  5. Afraaz Ayaz says:

    ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE IAN CHAPPEL……..NUMPTY.

    AFTER A 34 UNBEATEN STRETCH, PAKISTAN DEFEAT AUSTRALIA & NO SMILE, NO COMPLIMENT, HE CALLS AFRIDI “CRAZY”. A FEW THINGS TO POINT OUT: –

    AS THE LEADING WICKET TAKER I THINK AFRIDI DESERVES TO RAISE HIS ARMS AS HE DOES

    STOP STOP STOP DOUBTING PAKISTAN, THAT OTHER NUMPTY NICK KNIGHT NEAR ENOUGH SWORE THAT PAK WOULDNT WIN THE T20 AND THE LOOK ON HIS FACE WAS LIKE HE LOST A £1.00 BET TO HIS MOTHER.

    WHATS HAPPENING TO THE COUNTRY SHOULDNT BE PUNISHED UPON THE PLAYERS. PAKISTAN DESERVE TO BE APPROACHED WITH RESPECT, COMMENTATORS AND POLITICIANS ALIKE.

    AND IF YOUR WONDERING “WHAT A BIASED BASTARD” THEN LET ME TELL YOU ANOTHER THING, IM A KENYAN SUPPORTER.

    I HOPE PAKISTAN GO ON TO WIN THE WORLD CUP AND I HOPE AFRIDI RAISES HIS HANDS INFRONT OF THAT MISREABLE OLD FART IAN CHAPPEL.

    • duckingbeamers says:

      Afraaz, thanks for the comment. One suggestion — go easy on the ALL CAPS. It makes messages difficult to read, and comes across as shouting. Thanks!

      • Champ says:

        Hear Hear Afraaz!!!… Its about time someone spoke with some passion… @duckingbeamers I had no problems reading the message.

  6. Danny says:

    SO GLAD someone else noticed this – the best thing about the whole thing was as he was insulting Afridi’s captaincy, Afridi was getting a wicket and continuing the form that has made his THE highest wicket taker in the WC… and he STILL just kept harping on about how Afridi is failing! Hilarious!

  7. Danny says:

    oh and the huddle comment was RIDICULOUS-he was just grasping at straws to come up with criticism then!

    • duckingbeamers says:

      Yeah, I didn’t understand the huddle comment at all. It seemed completely gratuitous — why not allow a moment to celebrate and reflect on bowling out the Australian team for under 200?

      And why the need to rush back to the dressing room and “plan the chase”? They can just as easily do that huddling out in the field. Absolutely bizarre.

  8. Ponting says:

    Before passing useless critics on other side, Ian should first think about himself! Suggest to read this “http://blog.dawn.com/2011/03/21/comment-is-free-sense-is-sacred”

  9. Schpod says:

    Oh, hang on! What a surprise to find Pakistanis whingeing about criticism about their players. Aren’t three of them coming before the Law in May? I’d blame that one on Chappell as well

    • duckingbeamers says:

      Schpod, thanks for the comment! Your argument, however, fails to address the facts at hand. Ian Chappell wasn’t talking about the three players to be indicted; he was basically going on and on about Shahid Afridi’s tactics. Now, he’s famously cranky, and I’ll bet he will get stuck into any player he thinks isn’t playing cricket the way he would, but it was unnerving that he refused to relent (especially the huddle criticism — you have to see that part to believe it).

      But you raise — in a rather nuanced fashion — the idea that it’s reasonable to dislike this Pakistani team because of The Infamous Three. I don’t buy guilt by association, and I think most fans of Pakistani cricket would be first in line to bemoan the constant string of controversies that has wrapped around their team. But, perhaps perversely, I think Pakistan’s constant infighting and breathless displays of emotions are precisely a point in their favor. It’s just so much fun watching them win than, say, watching the Australian team in the 1990s or early 2000s. There’s nothing mechanical; nothing “modern” (in the sense of video strategies and fitness regimens). It’s neighborhood cricket at its peak.

      Which is why I say Ian Chappell — and the Australian “method” — can’t help but dislike it.

    • Afraaz Ayaz says:

      Schpod you just proved what a numpty you are also………

      Fair is fair, Butt, Amir and Asif deserve to be thrown out of ICC for good, its a disgrace & should be excluded from the game.

      And now back to the original discussion. Afridi is a bum most of the time, agreed, however Ian chappel is an old BASTARD who has nothing positive to say about Afridi or Pakistan & as i said in my previous post, Afridi has every right to celebrate how he wants and as MehPenchod stated, the only commentating he should do is at a bingo hall calling out the numbers.

      And as we say in Kenya, “A hyena cannot smell its own stench”

  10. MehPenchod says:

    Great Post Afraaz.

    Ian Chappel is just a sadistic old fart who loves to listen to his own voice.

    What amazed me is that every commentator failed to mention that the last team to beat Australia were the Pakistan………. I know because I was there in England waving my chanda screaming ” jeevay jeevay Pakistan”

    I really hope the Indians beat the Australians in the Quarters, only then could we hope that Ian Chappell will retire at a old people’s home where the only commentating he will do is at a bingo hall calling out the numbers.

    • apnadudupeladeh says:

      I remember those days, i was only 13 but that was the year when Cricket was injected into my blood.

      Unfortunately not many chances to play in Kenya but fingers crossed, i may get a chance one day.

  11. suneel says:

    They are justifying their descendants. I am sure you guys know who are forefathers to australia?
    here is the answers from yahoo
    “In 1788 the British sent a fleet of ships to settle Australia. Britain needed a place to send its convicts (people who had been sent to jail for theft and other crimes). Its jails were full. This First Fleet settled at a place they called Sydney. For the first few years they did not have much food, and life was very hard. But soon they began to farm, and more people came. Sydney grew, and new towns were started”

    • apnadudupeladeh says:

      Well said my good Sir……….

      • duckingbeamers says:

        Hey–
        Sorry to do this, but I had to remove your other comment about “anal bleeding.” Didn’t think it was in the spirit of my site. Please, keep it clean.

        Thanks!

  12. CHAPPELL CHOOTIA says:

    Chappell is the biggest Tosser going and i say that cos 1. Hes an Aussie and cant take it cos they got beaten by Pakistan and they will now go on to face India, who will knock six shits out of these bunch of Twats.
    Chappell deserves one of Afridis Chapals in his Gob.

  13. BKK says:

    Chappel’s remarks were probably out of sheer frustration .The Mighty Aussies are going down bigtime . I dont mind a little hustle and bustle in cricket but his remarks were very unprofessional and definitely bordered on discriminatory .As for Afridi’s celebrations ; if you can take a wicket ; do a bhangra or break dance on the pitch ,nobody cares 🙂

  14. unbiased says:

    I was unaware of the hulaboo created by Ian Chappell, as I at sea and unable to receive any of the chatpatta news. As an avid cricket supporter of the region, and Pakistan in particular, it was my wish till now that India should beat the Austrailians (which they will probably do), to set up an India – Pakistan classic semis, however now I am hopeful that the Pakis get a second bite at the Aussies, to prove a point and blacken Ian’s dirty white face for good.
    Having said that I doubt the aussies will get past the Indians this time round as their batting is too good for the mediocre Australian bowling.

  15. Tomas says:

    Did ramiz raja say something indirectly to answer ian chappell? It was all over my fb

  16. Furqan says:

    well, why doesnt ian chappel remind himself all over again of the most disgraceful incident in the history of the game?

    greg chappel and trevor chappel in the underarm bowling incident!! *sigh*

  17. M Afzal Turk says:

    Ponting said before quarter finalthat i am getting bored due to no fierce competition in Srilanka.Now after getting bashing from Pakistan and India,Ponting and Ianchappal should sit together in a bathroom and discuss future of aussi cricket

  18. gggg says:

    nasser hussain is the best coommentator…accordng to tendulkar he is one of the best captain of all tme..i dnt knw y tendulkar told dat..

  19. Syed Mujtaba says:

    Agree with Ian Chappel , the way Afridi stands with his hands raised is a clear sign of arrogance and selfishness as if he is alone playing for Pakistan. This is among a series of gestures that Afridi makes to show that he is the captain , agree he does not have the cool temperament of a selfless leader like Ponting.

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