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Cricket

'Except Gavaskar and Kumble, no Indian captain exited gracefully'
Shruti Tomar , Hindustan Times
Bhopal, October 21, 2013
First Published: 22:42 IST(21/10/2013)
Last Updated: 22:54 IST(21/10/2013)

Except Sunil Gavaskar and Anil Kumble, none of the Indian cricket captains exited gracefully from the Indian team, not even Kapil Dev, said former Indian cricketer Chetan Sharma on his visit to Bhopal on Monday.

"In India, there is no captain who took retirement respectfully from the team, not even Kapil Dev," he said.     

Chetan, who faded from the cricketing scene after Pakistan cricketing great Javed Miandad slammed him for a last-ball six to win a tournament, said he was satisfied with Sachin Tendulkar's decision to retire from all formats of cricket.

"I am happy over his decision. He is retiring respectfully from the team as his decision of retirement was timely. He is taking retirement after 200 test matches and it's a big achievement for any player."

"Absence of Sachin from the test matches will be felt badly as Indian team doesn't have good batsmen in test matches," he said. 

Asked about selection of Indian bowler Ishant Sharma for the next match despite his poor performance in last one-day match against Australia Chetan said, "Ishant Sharma must have done some good deeds in his life. That's why he was selected."

Commenting on small town players not getting chance Sharma said, "Selectors do their job excellently. There is no bias in the selection process. The player, who performs well, gets his place in the team. It is impossible for selectors to give chance to every player so luck also works in the selection."


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