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Kapil Dev Laments Selector's Role During His Playing Days

IANS |September 30, 2016, 3:13 PM IST
Kapil Dev Laments Selector's Role During His Playing Days

Kolkata: India's first World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev on Friday lamented that during his cricketing days, selectors used to call the shots and not the captains as it happens nowadays.

Answering points made by dashing former India opener Virender Sehwag that behind every successful players is the backing of his captain, Kapil, who captained India to World Cup glory in 1983, said, "I think during our time, behind a successful player there needed (to be) a successful selector."

Kapil, one of India's greatest players, was speaking during the lunch-time talk show at the photo exhibition commemorating India's 500 Tests. On the dais were former India captain and current Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly, Sehwag and current India coach Anil Kumble.

"It happens now that the captain is the boss. In our time, in one generation 6-7 captains were playing. I hoped selectors would have changed during that point and new selectors would come who would give the responsibility to the captain and his job is over," Kapil said.

"You play one bad shot and you're out of the team. Now you play 10 bad shots but still have your chance because the captain is backing you. This can happen now, but not in our time."

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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