'We are making a big issue out of it', says Kapil Dev on issue of workload management of Indian pacers

'Rishabh Pant is a talented cricketer and we shouldn't put him under pressure by comparing him with Dhoni,' said Kapil Dev

Press Trust of India, Apr 03, 2019 18:40:39 IST

Greater Noida: Rishabh Pant is a talented cricketer but he shouldn't be compared with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, feels India's first World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev.

Pant, who is now India's first-choice keeper in Test cricket, is still fighting for a spot in India's World Cup squad that will be announced later this month.

"You can never compare anyone with Mahendra Singh Dhoni. No one can ever replace a player of Dhoni's stature. Pant is a talented cricketer and we shouldn't put him under pressure by comparing him with Dhoni. His time will surely come," the 1983 World Cup-winning captain told mediapersons on the sidelines of a promotional event Tuesday.

File image of Kapil Dev. AFP

File image of Kapil Dev. AFP

In his inimitable style, Kapil played down the workload management issue of Indian pacers.

"We all have workload," he laughed, adding, "We are making a big issue out of it. What is workload? "Mehnat Karna hi naa? Kya aap mehnat bhi naahi karoge? (You don't even want to work hard?)"

Kapil had a number of all rounders, including Mohinder Amarnath, Madan Lal, Roger Binny and himself, in that squad.

However, both Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar's bowling has been an issue, but Kapil refused to be critical.

"Winning World Cup is not buying sweets from a shop. It's a mission and at this juncture, I don't want to be the critic who wants to pull the team. I will not like to harp on weak points and rather focus on our strengths," said the legendary all rounder, who has been named brand ambassador of hardware company AIPL ABRO.

"World Cup is a culmination of four years of planning. I am certain our selection committee has identified the right bunch of players. Now it's up to the players to execute and also they would need a bit of luck in such a big event," he said.

Updated Date: Apr 03, 2019 18:40:39 IST


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5
Punjab
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6
Kolkata
10 4 6 0 8
7
Bangalore
11 4 7 0 8
8
Rajasthan
10 3 7 0 6
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