The Chappell Way (A): A Case Study in Team Building and Group Dynamics

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Case Code : HROB097
Case Length : 20 Pages
Period : 2005-2006
Pub Date : 2007
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Not Applicable
Industry : Sports and Entertainment Countries : India

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A Clash of Personalities

Chappell had some reservations against Ganguly's ability to lead the side. He favored Dravid as the captain as he felt that in the current situation, Dravid was better placed to lead the team...

Rebellion in the Ranks?

Some of Ganguly's team-mates, most notably Harbhajan, stood by their captain. Harbhajan said that the allegations leveled against Ganguly were incorrect...

Balance of Power Shifts toward Coach

A stroke of luck shifted the power equation toward Chappell. In September 2005, Dalmiya was defeated by Pawar in the BCCI elections.

On the day he won the elections, Pawar axed the selectors who were sympathetic to Ganguly. It was widely believed that Ganguly's era was over.

The More-led selection committee appointed Dravid as captain. In October 2005, Ganguly lost his place in the ODI team. In November 2005, he was sacked as the captain of the Indian test squad...

The Guru has Arrived

Between September 2005 and April 2006, India won an unprecedented 16 consecutive ODIs while batting second80...


Critics felt that the spat with Ganguly and the fact that Harbhajan had lashed out at the coach called into question Chappell's people management skills84.

Experts felt that communication was very important in coaching and a good rapport between the coach and the players was vital to the success of the coach and the team.

Former coach Wright too criticized Chappell for getting involved in the spat with Ganguly and also for meddling in selection matters...

On the Right Track?

With the team hitting a purple patch, experts felt that there were indications that it was moving in the right direction...


Exhibit I: Some of Chappell's Predecessors
Exhibit II: Greg Chappell - A Factfile
Exhibit III: Chappell's Accusations against Ganguly
Exhibit IV: Chappell's Performance: 2005-06

80]  Siddhartha Mishra, "The Chappell Years,", April 6, 2007.

84]  S Ram Mahesh, "Patchy Patch-up - Will it last?" Sportstar,, October 08 - 14, 2005


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