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Full name: Gregory Stephen Chappell

Born: August 7, 1948

Major teams: Australia, Queensland, Somerset, South Australia.

Test debut: vs England at Perth in December 1970.

ODI debut: vs England at Melbourne in January 1971.

Coached South Australia, from 1999 to 2004.

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1973

Career statistics:
Tests 87 151 7,110 247* 53.86 24 31 122
ODIs 74 72 2,331 138* 40.18 3 14 23

Meet Greg Chappell

The Board of Control for Cricket in India's selection panel unanimously appointed Greg Chappell as India's new cricket coach.

The former Australia skipper was a frontrunner for the post ever since John Wright retired after the India-Pakistan series last month.

The 56-year-old, one of the best batsmen of his era, scored 24 centuries in an illustrious 87-Test career, scoring hundreds in his first and last appearances.

Chappell, who guided South Australia as its coach to a Sheffield Shield win in 1999, is considered one of the best thinkers in the modern game.

Well-spoken, shrewd, tactful and tough, he has the qualities needed for the tough job. He has also written a fine book on coaching, Greg Chappell on Coaching: The Making of Champions.

India skipper Sourav Ganguly skipper had approached him in a bid to try and iron out deficiencies in his technique against quick bowlers and the rising ball just before India's last tour of Australia.

The Australian was also in the running the last time India was looking for a coach. Wright was eventually selected, after, according to the BCCI, Chappell had quoted an astronomical amount of money for the job.

Asked whether it would be the same this time, BCCI president Ranbir Singh Mahendra retorted, "Why are you talking about money? Mr Chappell has not said anything about it."

The other candidates in the fray were Australia's Tom Moody, the West Indies' Desmond Haynes and India's Mohinder Amarnath.

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