Kapil Dev, the former India captain who got the country its first World Cup in 1983, has torn into the “aloof captaincy” and “seemingly biased” selection policies of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and not even spared Sachin Tendulkar from harsh criticism.
Giving an in-depth analysis of the plight of Indian cricket, Kapil, in an exclusive article to Hindustan Times, said: “A captain should not only be fair but should appear to be so as well. Of late, he (Dhoni) has given reasons to raise doubts about him.”
His remarks came on a day Dhoni and a beleaguered Team India returned from their disastrous tour Down Under.
Kapil said Tendulkar should have retired from ODIs immediately after the World Cup triumph last year. He also questioned the selection of out-of-sorts pacer RP Singh in England and Suresh Raina’s continued presence in the team despite his poor performance in Australia.
Kapil blamed Dhoni for openly dubbing Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir as ‘slow fielders’ in Australia, but said Sehwag, too, had no business taking on his skipper.
The selectors, too, got the stick, with Kapil calling them timid for not talking to Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman on their retirement.
He hailed the batting greats as Indian cricket’s ‘golden boys’ but felt age was not on their side.
Kapil blamed the selectors for showing haste by burdening Virat Kohli with vice-captaincy.
The legendary all-rounder felt the contribution of foreign coaches, including Gary Kirsten, was overrated but called for patience with Duncan Fletcher.
Kapil said BCCI president N Srinivasan was focused on money and was running a one-man show when it was vital to build a team of administrators to overhaul the system.