Updated on: Monday, November 01, 2021, 06:50 PM IST

T20 World Cup: Selectors should take a hard look at some of the seniors, says World Cup winning India captain Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev says India captain Virat Kohli's statement about the batters not being brave was a weak one
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, India's captain and vice-captain. | Photo: ANI

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, India's captain and vice-captain. | Photo: ANI


India's first World Cup winning captain, Kapil Dev, has said that Virat Kohli's statement of the team not being brave enough in their loss to New Zealand in the T20 World Cup is a "very weak statement" and head coach Ravi Shastri along with mentor Mahendra Singh Dhoni should step up to lift the players' morale.

India lost by eight wickets to the Black Caps in Dubai on Sunday night, severely jeopardising their chances of making the semifinals. The 62-year-old former captain said the big names will have to take responsibility for what is transpiring in the UAE.

"Obviously, it's a very weak statement from a player as big as Virat Kohli. We all know and we believe that he has the hunger and desire to win games for the team," he told ABP News.

"But, if the body language of the team and thought process of the captain is like this, it's very difficult to lift the mood of the players inside the dressing room," he added referring to Kohli's statement that his teammates were not brave enough with the bat, ball or in their body language.

"I would urge my friend Shastri and Dhoni to lift the team in this scenario, it is Dhoni's job to talk to players and give them confidence," he added.

India now need to win big in all their remaining three group stage matches and hope for Afghanistan to upstage New Zealand for any chance of qualification.

Kapil said depending on other results is never a great situation to be in.

"If we have to go through based on somebody else's performance, then I don't like it. If you have to be in the semis, do it on your own merit. I don't think it is a good idea to place your hopes on anyone else," he said.

"...jab aap accha karte ho hum sab tareef karte hain (We praise them when they play well). (But) some of the big names, the selectors will now have to take a hard look at them, whether the better performing youngsters should be considered. These big guys, if they don't make runs, they will face criticism," he said but did not take any names.

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Published on: Monday, November 01, 2021, 06:51 PM IST