Indian team not entirely dependent on Virat Kohli’s form, says Kapil Dev
It is unfair to bring down other team members by thinking that India’s chances depends only on him, says Kapil Dev.
Published - May 11, 2017 5:52 pm | Updated - May 11, 2017 5:52 pm
India’s World Cup winning captain and former all-rounder Kapil Dev affirmed that Virat Kohli’s drought with the bat in the IPL should not affect India’s chances at the upcoming Champions Trophy to be held in England. Dev made the comment when he was present at the unveiling ceremony of his wax statue of Madame Tussauds Delhi.
He believes that there is no doubt about the importance of the player but focussing only on Kohli and writing the team off would be unfair to other players such as Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni. Citing the example of the latest Test match at Dharamsala, the former Indian skipper stated that it would be a mistake to undermine a team without contribution from Kohli.
“Have you seen the Test match against Australia at Dharamsala? Everybody had said that if Kohli doesn’t play then India will lose. But we all know what happened.It is unfair to bring down other team members by thinking that India’s chances depends only on him. Kohli is an important member of the team, he is a big player and he knows how to play and when to play,” quoted the Indian legend according to First Post.
“I think they are looking good. Indian team have been playing well for last five years but it depends on how well they apply themselves on that day. We definitely have the capability to win. But how they maintain themselves and put pressure on the opponent that will be the key,”
Emphasising on the collective strength of a team, Kapil Dev mentioned that one cannot entirely depend on one individual to win a big tournament as everyone needs to play their part with little but vital contributions during the course of the tournament.
“It is not about one bowler, it is the team that wins. Someone can be the lead bowler but all have to chip in collectively as a team, only then they will have more chances of winning. I think the young kids today have more passion perhaps more than us, we were amateurs but they are professionals,” added the 58-year old.
When asked about the selection of the squad, he seemed satisfied with work of the officials at BCCI.
“If they would have gone for a young team then you would have said why seniors were ignored. So it is unfair for me to criticise the selectors. They have done a good job. My opinion may be different but it is not my job to criticize them,” said the man with the best all rounder ever produced by the country.
On being asked about the lack of fast bowling allrounders in the country, Kapil circled out the names of Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who have compensated for the absence.
“It is impossible. I wish 100 Kapil Devs who are better than me are produced in India. But it is not about having a fast bowling all-rounder. If you look at R Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja, they have became good all-rounders for India. So I think we have enough all- rounders in our team,” concluded Kapil Dev.