In a very encouraging move, two of the former Indian captains, Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar have credited India’s sensational win over arch-rivals Pakistan in the World Cup to Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his mature captaincy. Legend Kapil Dev has said that the Indian skipper used his experience really well, especially while placing field against Pakistan during Team India’s first encounter. He said, “This Pakistan team lacks maturity but we seem to have that going for us. Especially, the captain. Dhoni played his role of skipper really well”.

Based on his experience as a Hindi commentator in this World Cup, he acknowledged, “His field placements for attacking bowlers like (Mohammed) Shami and (Ravichandran) Ashwin were spot on. He seems to use his experience really well and it worked brilliant for India today”. 

Underlining the role played by Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina, apart from sizzling performance of Kohli, he said, “India outplayed Pakistan in all departments today. Their great batting display was followed by a tight team bowling performance. Virat, from whom we now expect big innings every time he goes to bat, played well”.

Also, the former skipper, Sunil Gavaskar feels strongly that India were surely superior to Pakistan in every facet of the game during their World Cup win in Adelaide but emphasized that Team India need to work hard on their bowling and fielding before they take on other favorites such as Australia and New Zealand. Gavaskar said, “Australian have been in tremendous form and the way they played against England in the opening match is an indication as how confident they are, so they are the team to beat and also New Zealand. But India again has to look at their bowling. While they have done well, there are areas where they need to tighten up a little bit and if they can do that they will be able to restrict the opposition. But overall it was a satisfying performance today. They were superior to Pakistan in every aspect of the game”.

Commenting on India’s fielding, Gavaskar said, “India has a very good fielding unit when they are not trying to be flamboyant, when they are not trying to just throw at stumps for no rhythm and reasons. So that’s an area where they have to look into because it can upset the bowler as at the end of the day it reflects on bowlers’ figures. Otherwise, India has a good fielding side.”

As we all know that yesterday Team India defeated Pakistan by 76 runs in their World Cup opener to keep intact their unbeaten record against the arch-rivals to 6-0 in the most sought-out mega-event but at the same time they need to work hard to sharpen their skill to take head on collision with South Africa next Sunday. Hope they will keep up the momentum.


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