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Each player has a role to play: Kapil

The ex-skipper says, 'only a blend of young and experienced players can fetch victories.'

india Updated: Dec 20, 2006 21:32 IST

Hailing the Indian team's win in Johannesburg as a positive sign ahead of next year's World Cup, cricketing legend Kapil Dev on Wednesday said the players should continue performing according to their particular roles in the team.

"All 11 are not there to win matches. There is a role defined for each player. While there are certain people who can (stay there) and hold the innings together, there are others who play a different role," Kapil told reporters.

Kapil's comments came when he was asked to give his views on the Indian team's emphatic win over South Africa in Johannesburg in the first Test match, marking an end to the team's poor run in recent times.

The former Indian all-rounder stressed that only a combination of young and experienced players could fetch a team victories.

"It has never ever happened that only the youth or the experienced players have won a match, it has got to be a combination of the two," said Kapil who was here for a promotional programme.

Asked if return of former India captain Sourav Ganguly to the Test side had made any difference to the team's fortunes, he said, "I am not going to talk about individual players. I believe winning a match is always a team effort".

"It is for the selectors or the people chosen to pick the team to see if such players have to be retained or dropped," he said.

Kapil had a word of praise for young fast bowler Sreesanth, saying it was good to have a bowler with aggression but warned against developing "Javed Miandad type habit of disturbing others".

"Sreesanth jaise joshiley players ko dekh key accha lagta hai (you feel good when you see players like Sreesanth who are bubbling with passion)," he said.

When asked to comment on the team's poor run in the one dayers, especially with World Cup round the corner, and if providing fast pitches back home could help solve the problem of tackling pace and bounce on foreign shores to some extent, he said, "it is for the Cricket Board to decide".

Kapil did not agree that there was any dearth of fast bowlers in the country and said pacers like Javagal Srinath had done the nation proud.

He, however, said some bowlers' careers had been affected due to injuries.