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A piece of advice from Kapil Dev

The legendary cricketer advises the Indian team not to depend on individual heroics and stand up collectively to the Bangladesh challenge.

cricket Updated: May 06, 2007 17:16 IST

Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev on Sunday asked the Indian team to be collective in standing up to the Bangladesh's challenge rather than relying on the heroics of any one player in the upcoming away series.

"There are some individual players whose performance is matchless but they are not bigger than the game. We are hopeful that the whole team will stand up again and face the challange collectively," Kapil said on the sidelines of a golf tournament in Srinagar.

"We glorify one player when the team wins. It should not be like that as the whole team contributes in the win. Likewise, whole team should be held responsible for the defeat," said the 1983 World Cup Kapil winning captain.

Kapil said he was hopeful that the team would perform well in the coming tournament and return victorous.

He said the whole team was responsible for their early exit from the World Cup in the Caribbean but now was the time to make amends.

"Mistakes have been committed but the time demands to rectify the mistakes, make amends and march ahead instead of looking back. Let us forget about the past. What happened in the World Cup and who is responsible. Instead, we should concentrate on the the betterment of the cricket in the country."

About the appointment of the new coach, he said "the issue has been blown out of proportion. For me, it is not a big issue. Coaches and managers are meant to manage the things but finally it is the players who have to play in the field. They have to perform well and play to their potential to make the country proud."