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'Dhoni, Sachin did not motivate youngsters'

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Last Updated: August 16, 2011, 18:59 IST

'Dhoni, Sachin did not motivate youngsters'

Kapil Dev lashed out at MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar on India's tour of England.

Chennai: Former captain Kapil Dev on Tuesday lashed out at the Indian players for lacking team spirit in the ongoing Test series against England and also criticised senior cricketers, including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, for not motivating the youngsters in the team.

The former all-rounder, who led India to its maiden World Cup title in 1983, slammed Dhoni’s men for “going through the motions" during the ongoing four-match series which England have already pocketed 3-0.

“Indian players did not play as a team. I am not trying to blame anybody but I think they played too much cricket. Within four days of winning the World Cup you play IPL. They then travel to West Indies for a tour and then from there to England. I think our players were going through the motions", Kapil told PTI in an interview.

Asked whether there was any other reason for the humiliating defeat against England which has dislodged India from the number one position, Kapil said the seniors have not played a role in guiding the youngsters during the tour.

“No cricketer walked up to the young bowlers to advise them on what line to bowl. Dhoni could go up to Ishant and tell this. Media termed him as ‘Captain Cool’. He says everybody should know their job.

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    “In Indian sports, we have not reached that level where all the players know what they should do. We still look up to the captain and senior players. We need somebody with aggression.

    All the senior players have become so senior that they do not want to be aggressive", he said.

    first published:August 16, 2011, 18:59 IST
    last updated:August 16, 2011, 18:59 IST