Kapil Dev, the 1983 World Cup-winning captain has come to the city every bit one of the ambassadors for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards, which is starting to take office on Wednesday.

In an interview to the Times of India, Kapil has showered praise on the Virat Kohli’s head. He stated, “Virat Kohli has so far shown that he has more ability and talent than anybody else and if he can work till 32 or 34 with the same fitness and without injuries, he will come to a point where not even Vivian Richards neither Sachin Tendulkar had such a record.”

A player cannot serve and capture the responsibilities of his squad in a lifelong span. “I don’t look at it that manner because he has done his job, as you don’t contemplate Don Bradman to play for 100 years or Sachin Tendulkar to keep on eternally.  For 24 years he has served his country so well, he did everything what a cricketer should do, but you accept to get on in life and sooner the team realise that it’s beneficial for the squad. If you start talking about him all the time team is not failing to be settled.”

Kapil seemed pleased with the decision that half of the Indian Premier League season 7 is going to occur at UAE and that could do a good routine in getting of the fixing dub. “If we can grow the game in different divisions of the universe, on that point is nothing wrong with it. With the IPL, I hope the tag that the UAE has, it should be removed. I think the people there loves the game. I am very happy that cricket has gone backwards to the Gulf. Let’s hope it becomes a safer name.”

India is failing to face off England this summer in a serial publication of five Test matches and Kapil thinks that it would be a trial for them. “I think this is the first ever we will be playing five Test matches in England. In the last 30-40 years we have only played three or four trials in a series, this is the first time we are extending a full series against England. It will be a test of nerves and ability.”

He stated that there is slight question in his mind regarding India’s victory over the British. “I am not sure, we haven’t performed really well outside India or sub- continent, and so there is a little question in my mind, but having said that we are a good deal more compact now. Yes, I second that England is not playing well, then using up both things into consideration, I can say I am confident.”

Kapil, 55, believes that in the coming 10-15 years cricket will broadcast around the globe more and more countries will be part of the ‘gentlemen’s game’. Netherlands and Afghanistan have joined the craze already. I, as a cricketer, would like to see 100 counties playing top-flight cricket, just like tennis and football. If I am alert to ensure that I will be very happy.” He added.

“ICC has put a great deal of money to boost it in the way soccer popped up their game. Cricket has to proceed to China, Europe, UAE and Africa. Once Europe and USA accept the game, the power train will be shifted forever.”

He thinks T20 can help ICC in this topic. He said T20 will be important to how the sport grows globally in the years to come. “Promoting T20 is the ideal thing. Promoting Test cricket, however requires a bunch of countries to have that mindset, but T20 goes like a fire and every state can spend 4-5 hours. I hope in the next 10-15 years America and China take up this game.”

Kapil thinks that the talented opener duo Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have the capability and if they get along well in England series, he will be proud of that.


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