Jaipur: Former India captain and dashing all-rounder Kapil Dev, who till last week appeared candid, was cautious while answering questions relating to recent comments on batting legend Sachin Tendulkar yesterday.
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Kapil Dev addresses the media during the announcement of Cricket Mahotsav in Jaipur yesterday. Pic/PTI
Last Thursday in Dubai, Kapil said that Tendulkar, who played alongside him from 1989 to 1994, did not do justice to his talent. Yesterday, at the announcement of the Wonder Cement Saath 7 Cricket Mahotsav here, he merely said: "Kuch nahi, kuch nahi. There is no point in talking. You are going to write what you want to. Bahot acchha laga," Kapil Dev said when mid-day asked him to elaborate on what he said in Dubai.
"He (Sachin) got stuck with Bombay cricket. He didn't apply himself to ruthless international cricket. I think he should have spent more time with Vivian Richards than some of the Bombay guys who played just neat and straight cricket. He did not know how to make double hundreds, triple hundreds and 400 though he had the ability, and was stuck in the Mumbai school of cricket," Kapil Dev was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times last Thursday.
When asked about what he thought about the resumption of India vs Pakistan cricket ties, Kapil remarked, "To me, government policy is more important than anybody else. If our government policy allows us to play, then we should play. Why should we pressure someone? All players want to play. I too wanted to play (against Pakistan) when I was playing."
Kapil backs Shastri
The former all-rounder also supported his India teammate Ravi Shastri on the recent Mumbai pitch controversy. "I am with Ravi Shastri. I also felt bad about the (Mumbai) pitch. When we toured abroad, the pitch always favoured the host team so we have to make pitches that will favour our bowlers," said Kapil.
He didn't want to get into captaincy comparisons involving MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. "Baap baap hota hai aur beta beta. Baap ko baap rahne do aur bete ko beta rahne do. Ek din beta baap jaroor banega (Father is father and son is son. Let the father remain a father and son a son. One day, the son will also become a father)."
Wonder Cement Saath 7 Cricket Mahotsav (December 19, 2015 and January 9) aims to identify cricketing talent within Rajasthan through a seven-over tournament played across 241 tehsils across the state during weekends. Around 40,000 cricket enthusiasts are expected to participate in this event which carries a total prize money of Rs 30 lakh.
Former India captain Kapil Dev will help identify talented cricketers who will be trained at the Wonder Cricket Academy for a year. They will also win a chance to rub shoulders with international cricketers by being part of the dugout of one of the IPL teams.