Kapil Dev says India finally possess reliable world class pacers apart from spinners

Former India captain Kapil Dev says India finally possess a bunch of world class pacers and the team could rely on them besides the spinners.

PTI, August 10, 2017

Mumbai: Former India captain Kapil Dev says India finally possess a bunch of world class pacers and the team could rely on them besides the spinners.

File photo of Kapil Dev. AFP

File photo of Kapil Dev. AFP

In recent times, India pacers have strongly aided the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. They have played a key role in the Test team's undefeated run in the last nine series.

Asked about performance of pacers, especially Umesh Yadav, Kapil said, "Your question has made me so happy because today we have started depending on fast bowlers. There was a time we didn't have any fast bowlers and today we have so many fast bowlers. The people who are sitting out could have played for India any day."

The 1983 World Cup winning skipper was speaking to reporters after a special preview of India on Canvas of Khushii, was held in Worli at Mumbai.

Kapil, who is the chairperson of Khushii, however refused to comment on India head coach Ravi Shastri's comments that the current team is better than the teams of the past 20 years.

"That is his (Shastri's) thought, either you take it or drop it, whatever you like."

Pressed further, he continued, "That is his thought process, I have my own thought process. I always believe that younger teams are much better, they have done well and we should be proud about that," said Dev, one of the finest all- rounders India has ever produced.

The 58-year-old former right handed batsman praised all- rounder Hardik Pandya.

"He has the ability (to become a good all-rounder) and he has to keep on performing," he signed off.

Updated Date: Aug 10, 2017





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
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2 India 5743 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3391 103
6 Australia 3699 100
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1 Pakistan 3972 132
2 India 4601 124
3 Australia 2570 122
4 England 2448 117
5 New Zealand 2542 116
6 South Africa 2058 114