Years with Chappell as coach worst of my career

New Delhi: Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan considers the two years with Greg Chappell as national coach the worst of his decade-long career as the controversial Australian made him feel unwanted in the team.

Zaheer said he and other senior players were constantly worried about their place in the side and were unable to perform during that tumultuous period between 2005 and 2007.

“It was as if you`ve been framed. It was like `we don`t want you in the team. It`s not about performance, we don`t like your attitude, you`re stopping the growth of cricket in the Indian team`. I felt it personally because I was dropped straight after the Sri Lanka tour, even though I had not performed badly,” Zaheer said.

“I was fortunate enough to go to South Africa to represent the Asia XI (in the Afro-Asia Cup).