Named the Indian Cricketer of the Century by Wisden in 2002, Kapil Dev is one of India's most iconic cricketers. He captained the team that won the 1983 World Cup and also served as coach between 1999 and 2000. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan.
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Let them participate in the Duleep Trophy as it will prepare them for Test cricket. Playing against quality domestic teams will help them develop confidence. The BCCI has been very encouraging towards Afghanistan by letting them use our facilities and grounds. I feel this will be an important step towards developing their confidence for the longer format. Afghanistan have played exceptionally well in limited overs cricket. This was a new experience and they shouldn’t get demoralized with the result. They are quick learners and I am sure with a little support and encouragement, they will live up to Test standards.
Self-belief. We had a good tour of the West Indies prior to the 1983 World Cup. We levelled the One-day series 1-1 before losing the decider. It was not a joke to beat the West Indies in those days. Once we beat them (in Berbice, Guyana), we realised that we could beat anyone. Besides we had a number of all rounders. If you consider that men like Kirti Azad and Madan Lal – who batted at no.7 and no.9 for us – have scored 16 Ranji Trophy centuries each, it becomes apparent that we had tremendous batting depth. Imagine a player like Syed Kirmani was batting at no.10! Even last-man Balwinder Singh Sandhu could bat. We had attacking batsmen (Krish Srikkanth, Sandeep Patil and Kapil himself) and also those like Sunil Gavaskar, Mohinder Amarnath, Dilip Vengsarkar and Yash Pal Sharma who could see us through the 60 overs. Our fielding was safe rather than brilliant, though men like Roger Binny and Yash Pal were outstanding. Gavaskar did a great job in the slips and Kirmani was a fine wicketkeeper.
I cannot say anything regarding this topic. This decision is based on an individuals beliefs. Our Cricketers play for 10 months out of 12, so they have to keep an eye on what skill they lack in which can be improved by playing in County cricket. In our time it was believed that to be a complete cricketer, you have to play in County. I have learned a lot from playing in county cricket myself.
For me, there is no all rounder in the world who can come anywhere near close enough to Sir Garfield Sobers. Not just in the all rounder category, but there is no cricketer who was as good as him. I learned everything watching him play. Even had his posters in my room.