Tendulkar has been unbelievable in last two years: Kapil Dev
Iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been "unbelievable" in the last two years and keeps getting better with age, feels 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev.cricket Updated: Apr 09, 2011 12:51 IST
Iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been "unbelievable" in the last two years and keeps getting better with age, feels 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev.
"Sachin in the last two years has been unbelievable. This genius is other way around, more he gets older more he plays like a champion," Kapil Dev, known as the Haryana Hurricane, told members of the Indian Journalists Association in London on Friday evening.
The former all-rounder was all praise for the current Indian team under Mahendra Singh Dhoni which won the World Cup last week in Mumbai.
"India has a team who can beat anybody. They still are not playing to their potential," he said.
"The Indian team is far better than any other team, without doubt."
Asked about the secret of the Indian team's success, Kapil said, "India's growth is seen in every championship -Commonwealth, Asian games and World Cup. We are definitely flying and flying very well and shining. Now India is the World Champions, besides being No 1 Team in the world in Test cricket.
"We have put money on the table and we have shown that we can play well too. That is what World Cup has done to India. Now only thing is when you reach the top position, your attitude changes."
Asked why the team had faltered in the run up to the final, Kapil said, "When you have such a strong batting line up, complacency sometimes sets in. Despite that they were winning. They are far far better players than they performed. Even Dhoni fired only when it needed most, in the final."
The former pacer was also lavish in his praise for India's dashing opener Virender Sehwag.
"He is a ruthless player. He changes the dynamics of the cricket altogether. He keeps the game so simple."