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Kapil Dev not quite over yet

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deepika  singh
Nice one
by deepika singh on Mar 02, 2007 07:53 PM

It is good to see that rediff does not forget legendary people. Kapil Dev was the guiding force, the soul, the cutting edge of the Indian team of the 80s. Even in this interview, he has given very brief, to the point and meaningful answers (sixes and fours) to all the questions posed to him. And the readers are bowled!

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Saibaskar Parthasarathy
Kapil the true hero
by Saibaskar Parthasarathy on Mar 02, 2007 11:18 AM

Six, Six, Six, Six that is how he ensured india did not follow on.. he was batting with the last man who would not last even a single delivery (Hirwani). India needed 23 runs to avoid follow-on.. he got them in 4 balls.. Hirwani did not add any score and india were promptly allout there after.. This is only one of several Kapil's adventure.. Records may talk abt Gavaskar but Kapildev is my hero..

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Govind Raj
Kapil Dev
by Govind Raj on Mar 01, 2007 11:39 PM  | Hide replies

Kapil dev was a Natural Born Cricketer. He is undoubtedly the BEST Indian Cricketer ever born. Though he blotted his slate with fights with Sunny and then prolonging his career for the World Record of 431 wickets, he still ranks The Best.

His achievements are almost like School Boy's Dreams. Often Unbelievable!
First World Cup Winning Captain outside the Caribbean.
One of the all time Great All-rounders.
Huge contribution towards making India a world-beaters in the Mid-80s.

He also taught the Indians to think aggressive and attack.

For me Kapil Dev is THE BEST EVER CRICKETER from India.

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RE:Kapil Dev
by JM on Mar 02, 2007 01:00 AM
Well said! The blotted slate with Gavaskar is very sad and will unfortunately be mentioned everytime someone talks about Kapil.

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Hansum Hunk
Kapil too was a liability at some point
by Hansum Hunk on Mar 01, 2007 02:09 PM

With due respect to his stature as a committed and patriotic cricketer,i wud like to remind everyone here how he was made to crawl thru the bowling record,it was so pathetic to see him play just for that record and it was unkapil style indeed.Otherwise he deserved to be indian cricketer of the century above Mr.Jackal(Gavaskar).

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bakianath rajkumar
the legend of indian cricket
by bakianath rajkumar on Mar 01, 2007 12:36 PM

How many teams would have had such a player,
being a seventh batsman scoring a 175* (not out) in a crucial world cup game, and again taking a new ball ( as a frontline bowler).
No team will get such a person again..

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bakianath rajkumar
kapil's pragmatic approach
by bakianath rajkumar on Mar 01, 2007 12:33 PM

Kapil is the one who started to play aggressive cricket.I think he was the perfect find to fit in to the oneday squad. He was the one who mad this nation so mad in cricket...
I feel 1983 team was more balanced than the current one...you know why, current team just misses an allrounder (aggressive , most importantly) like kapil.
WHen u come to see, most of the all rounders are very aggressive in nature, Botham,Imran,Oram,Pollock,flintoff,Razaq,..everyone...this is what current team is missing...THE BALANCE.????


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rakesh kumar
Blind selectors, who dosn't understand the personality for captaincy
by rakesh kumar on Mar 01, 2007 11:32 AM  | Hide replies

Those blind human worshiping people do not understand the human personality and thier capabilties. As leadership capabilty is considered Dravid and Sachin don't have that skills at all. They are good players against only poor and mild international teams, whenever there is presure and our great wall's job is only to play safe job, he doesn't carry winning instinct. What is use in one day, just by retaining wicket and wasting the balls, ultimately rushing towards loose, but!!!!1 slowely!!!!!!....
For kind information who doesn't have vision and confidense of winning, he cannot lead the team towards in right path, by making such statements dravid already made India to loose as morally, How idiots indian selectors are? who are uncapable to find good captain.... we already lost.... lets have hopes only on Ganguly's inclusion who drives team ( as a non capt.) towards goal & vision and hence MISSION!

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RE:Blind selectors, who dosn't understand the personality for captaincy
by Abhishek on Mar 02, 2007 12:44 AM

I pity people like you who comment without having any knowlwdge about the game.
Dravid has an average of 40 and a Strike Rate of 70. His role in the team is to play out the middle overs by milkin the bowlers and he is damn good at what he does. He would figure in the top 10 batsmen of all time.

Your comments are oozing with stupidity and ignorance. I recommend you to quit watching cricket! ( and start watching the Indian Soaps where everybody whines & cries like u) !

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Apoorva Patil
RE:RE:Blind selectors, who dosn't understand the personality for captaincy
by Apoorva Patil on Mar 02, 2007 10:09 AM
Hi Abhishsekh , Afridi has a strike rate of above 100 . Does it make him the best bastman . Nope . Tell me any two One day International matchdz , in which he single handedly made India win . You wont able to answer . A supporter can never figure amongst the top 10 batsman . I recall the match against S.Lanka when we needed 15 runs off 10 balls , he gave the strike to Kumble to hit . Now is this a sign of best batsman , Only sticking around cant win u the matches . He doesnt have the killer instict.

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Sreekanth Nemani
RE:RE:RE:Blind selectors, who dosn't understand the personality for captaincy
by Sreekanth Nemani on Mar 03, 2007 02:41 AM
It is just your perception that comes out of poor cricketing knowledge. There are so many ODIs (under ganguly's captaincy by the way) when dravid made sure india went on to win. Especially abroad.

Ganguly would not have been half the captain if it wasn't for Dravid. Similarly now Dravid looks twice the captain since ganguly has started playing.

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Ravinder Dahiya
RE:Blind selectors, who dosn't understand the personality for captaincy
by Ravinder Dahiya on Mar 01, 2007 11:58 AM
Rakesh, I recommend you to please have a glance at the stats of Dravid if you think that he scores only against mild attacks.

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RE:RE:Blind selectors, who dosn't understand the personality for captaincy
by Ram on Mar 01, 2007 12:29 PM
Yeah well said, ganguly is such a crook and didnt go for any practice sessions during his tenure as captain. Chappell did well making him comeback to earth. I am sure gangulys average in WC will be miserable, it cant go beyond 20. He still cant play short stuff.

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suman das
RE:RE:RE:Blind selectors, who dosn't understand the personality for captaincy
by suman das on Mar 01, 2007 02:57 PM
But this "crook" Ganguly gave us the chance to reach the final of WC which is next to 1983 WC. Does statistics say it all?

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Gopi ramesh
RE:RE:RE:RE:Blind selectors, who dosn't understand the personality for captaincy
by Gopi ramesh on Mar 05, 2007 10:16 PM
Ganguly is a good player I accept it but he is a very selfish one. In the south african series in the match which we won people might have bnoticed what he did? When he was playing with the no 11 batsman V.R.V. singh he used to take single in the first or in the second ball and exposed the no 11 to the terrible fast bowlers in pitch where even the formidable batsmen finds difficult to score. Which is not the correct thing to do. Actually he wanted to score atleast one run more than sachin. He never bother about whether vrv singh scores or get out. Luckily vrv scored some runs blindly with that we won ultimately. If anything had happened in reversal, and this issue might have been spoken. Now people are speaking about Ganguly's heroics. Wasim akram rigthtly pointed out the ridiculous attitude of Ganguly at that time.
During the same season Sangakkara and inzamam ul haq shown the world that how should the seasoned batsman should save the tailender and bat.
We want patriotic players not selfish players like Ganguly,Nayan Mongia(Ran out azhar twice in crusial matches), Manoj prabhakar(Played a slow innings to show the selectors that he can make runs ultimately india lossed)to name a few.

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Ravinder  Dahiya
RE:RE:RE:Blind selectors, who dosn't understand the personality for captaincy
by Ravinder Dahiya on Mar 01, 2007 03:19 PM
well, Ram ganguly has come back very nice but you are right in saying that he didn't use to come to nets when he was a captain.
but now as a player he is in a good form so we may expect good scores from him.

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mulakala srinadh
True Allrounder
by mulakala srinadh on Mar 01, 2007 10:55 AM  | Hide replies

East or west kapil is the best a real true Jodha /warrior kapil u are the king of cricket with ball and bat

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RE:True Allrounder
by GURURAGOTHAMAN ANAND on Mar 01, 2007 11:13 AM
Kapil is the God Father of the Indian Cricket Team. He is the one and only player who played for team not for awards.

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RE:RE:True Allrounder
by RAMADURAI KARTHIK on Mar 01, 2007 12:19 PM
What has he done to cricket after retirement, he became coach and at that india had its worst and worst records. he has never been a good teacher. how many fast bowlers has he developed?

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rajendra agrawal
RE:RE:RE:True Allrounder
by rajendra agrawal on Mar 01, 2007 02:10 PM
Yes, it is true that Kapil has not been a good coach ever. Although very talented, he may not be having the patience for this job.
As it is, all good students do not turn out to be good teachers, and vice versa.
However, he has done a wonderful job as the incharge of cricket pitches in India - because of which all matches, both Tests and ODIs have become very enjoyable.

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kapil the great allrounder
by jacksonrk on Mar 01, 2007 10:46 AM

kapil i think was the best allrounder of his times.when comparing to imran,hadlee & botham.these guys would normally bowl in bowler friendly wickets,but where as kapil used to get wickets even on dead tracks.

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Kapil...Truely a champion
by Murali on Feb 28, 2007 11:29 PM

I still reveal those moments of 1983. Would you guys believe. Even DD switched off the 2nd innings (WI batting) when Dessy & Richards were beginning to pelt & Indian score away. I was, though an average teen age Indian cricket fanatic, hoping for Kapil to nike it. Then and when the show returned to the TV, with Wickets falling.. What a site man... Kapil running back to pick Vivvy...24 years still do not look all that back Kapil.

I wish I get my dreams back this year..

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