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Kapil Dev Feels India Shouldn’t Depend On Others To Succeed And Youngsters Should Be Given A Chance If Big Names Falter

Kapil Dev, BCCI
Kapil Dev, BCCI

Kapil Dev, former Indian skipper feels depending on other teams to succeed is not a template the Indian team should believe in and pointed out that if the established players are not able to prove themselves, perhaps it is time for the next generation to take command.

Former India captain and all-rounder Kapil Dev believes it might be time for the BCCI to think about giving more chances to youngsters rather than depend on the big names of the Indian cricket team. Kapil Dev’s statement comes after India’s defeat to New Zealand – their second straight loss in the T20 World Cup which now places them on the brink of getting eliminated early from the marquee event.

Former India skipper Kapil Dev (Photo | PTI)
Former India skipper Kapil Dev (Photo | PTI)

Kapil Dev: India Shouldn’t Depend On Other Teams To Succeed In World Cups

India has an outside chance of qualifying if they win all the remaining group matches comprehensively and hope that either Afghanistan, Scotland, or Namibia are able to beat New Zealand. Kapil Dev feels depending on other teams to succeed is not a template the Indian team should believe in and stressed that if the established players are not able to prove themselves, perhaps it is time for the next generation of youngsters to take command.

“If we succeed on the basis of some other teams, Indian cricket has never appreciated it. If you want to win the World Cup or reach the semi-finals, do it on your own strengths. It is better not to depend on other teams. I guess the selectors will have to decide the future of the big names and the big players,” Kapil Dev said.

India cricket team. Photo: @BCCI
India cricket team. Photo: @BCCI

There can be plenty of reasons behind India’s poor show at the ongoing T20 World Cup. Bio-bubbles, fatigue, and team selection seem to be at the top of the list. While Pakistan and England have already qualified, India is looking down the barrel. If India gets eliminated in the group stage, it would be the first time since the 2007 ODI World Cup that India will be eliminated at such an early stage.

Kapil Dev: It’s Time To Give Chance To The Youngsters Performing Well In IPL

If that is the case, Kapil Dav reckons there are plenty of players who have performed well in the extravagant IPL 2020 and IPL 2021 and are relatively fresher, who could be considered to usher Indian cricket in the next era.

“They need to think whether the youngsters who are performing well in the IPL, is it time to give them a chance? How do we make the next generation better? If they lose, there is no harm because they will gain experience. But if these big players don’t perform now and play such bad cricket, there is going to be plenty of criticism. The BCCI needs to intervene and think about bringing more youngsters in,” added India’s first World Cup-winning captain.

Devdutt Padikkal , RCB Twitter handle
Devdutt Padikkal , RCB Twitter handle
Among the youngsters who did well in IPL 2020 and 2021 is Devdutt Padikkal who made his debut in 2020 for RCB and was the leading run-scorer for RCB in 2020. He scored a century in 2021 IPL. He scored 473 runs in IPL 2020 and 411 runs in IPL 2021. Prithvi Shaw smashed 6 fours in an over against KKR’s Shivam Mavi had hammered 827 runs in 8 matches to power Mumbai to the Vijay Hazare Trophy triumph. He managed to amass 479 runs in 15 games in IPL 2021.

Ruturaj Gaikwad who debuted in 2020 smashed 3 back to back half-centuries in the last few games. He opened for CSK in 2021 too and showed his class later in the tournament. He scored the maximum runs in IPL 2021- a staggering 635 runs in 16 games averaging 45.35 with 1 ton. CSK won the IPL 2021 as both openers Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad showed their class by being No. 1 and No. 2 leading run-getters.

Avesh Khan led the bowling attack of DC, as he bowled in powerplay and death overs and with his variations was able to take big wickets, finishing as 2nd highest wicket-taker in IPL 2021 with 24 scalps behind RCB’s Harshal Patel who picked 32 scalps. Chetan Sakariya managed to perform despite family losses and took crucial breakthroughs for the team showing his class with the ball, picking up 14 scalps for Rajasthan Royals in as many games.

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