Indian skipper, Virat Kohli’s form hasn’t been anywhere close to promising in the recent IPL fixtures and many of us would see this as huge problem but the 1983 World Cup winning Captain Kapil Dev feels opposite.
Ahead of the Champions Trophy beginning in England in the first week of June, Virat has not been amongst the run scorers in the ongoing IPL, when a question was raised whether Kohli’s form will affect India’s chances at the prestigious ODI tournament, Kapil said, “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 chance depends only on him,” Kapil Dev said.
The 58-year-old former all-rounder also added that, “Kohli is an important member of the team, he is a big player and he knows how to play and when to play.”
The former cricketer said this during an event for unveiling his wax figure at Madame Tussauds Delhi. He believes that it remains to see how India can implement the hard thought strategies in order to defend the title.
“We definitely have the capability to win. But how they maintain themselves and put pressure on opponent that will be the key,” Kapil said.
“I think they are looking good. Indian team has been playing well for last five years but it depends on how well they apply themselves on that day, he added.
For the selection of the team for the Champions Trophy, the Indian selectors have gone for experience instead of going for youngsters who did well in the ongoing IPL tournament.
He was asked if he can name a particular bowler who is crucial at the tournament for India he replied: “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.
“We were amateurs but they are professionals.”
“I think the young kids today have more passion perhaps more than us, we were amateurs but they are professionals.”
Asked for his views on the selection of the Indian team for the Champions Trophy, Kapil said: “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 criticize the selectors.” Kapil Dev believes that the selectors have done a fair job.