Reacting to the tension between India and Pakistan after which the sporting ties between the countries were frozen, former Indian captain Kapil Dev on Thursday said even though sportsmen from both the countries want to play, government policies must be followed, reported news agency ANI. “People from sports want to play, but government policies come before everything else, shouldn’t even question it,” Kapil Dev told news agency PTI.
Kapil Dev’s comments came at an event in Delhi where his wax figure was unveiled by Madame Tussauds. Talking about India’s chances in the upcoming Champion’s Trophy, Kapil said the team definitely has the ability but it depends on how they execute their plans during the event. “I think they are looking good. Indian team have been playing well for last five years but it depends on how well they apply themselves on that day. We definitely have the capability to win. But how they maintain themselves and put pressure on opponent that will be the key,” Kapil said.
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When asked if there’s a particular bowler who can help India defend the title, Kapil responded by saying, “It is not about one bowler, it is the team that wins. Someone can be the lead bowler but all have to chip in collectively as a team, only then they will have more chances of winning.I think the young kids today have more passion perhaps more than us, we were amateurs but they are professionals.” Asked for his views on the selection of the Indian team for the Champions Trophy, Kapil said: “If they would have gone for a young team then you would have said why seniors were ignored. So it is unfair for me to criticise the selectors. They have done a good job. My opinion may be different but it is not my job to criticise them.”
The 58-year-old all rounder also defended the Indian captain Virat Kohli who is going through a tough phase. “It is unfair to bring down other team members by thinking that India’s chances depend only on him. Kohli is an important member of the team, he is a big player and he knows how to play and when to play.”