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'Work hard to become consistent'

Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev said the players must give their 100 per cent in each game.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2006 17:43 IST

Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev declined to comment on former Indian cricket coach John Wright's book

Indian Summers

, saying he had not read it.

"I did not read the book. Without reading, I cannot comment," he told reporters here when asked about the book and the controversial comments about selection of players.

But when asked his views on the selections in India and if they were made on zonal and regional basis, Kapil said, "This is what is happening for the last 50 years. They have done nothing wrong. If not, there would not be Gavaskars, Kumbles, Sachins or Pathans."

Kapil, who is in the city for a commercial launch, refused to comment on the general perception that politics played a part in selection of players. "Not to my opinion. You (public) are saying that."

On the selection of the Indian team for tri-series in Colombo, he said Sri Lanka was very-very tough team and going by its recent success against South Africa, they would be a tough opponent on their own soil.

About the Champions Trophy probables, Kapil said it was a job of the selectors and they were the better judges.

To a question about inconsistency in the performance of Indian fast bowlers, the former medium pacer said the present lot needed to work hard.

"When did they have consistency. They have to work very hard and give 100 per cent, to become consistent."

The Cricket Board, however, had started realising that fast bowlers were the key to winning and of late had been trying to provide chances to fast bowlers, he said.

On non-inclusion of Ajit Agarkar in the one-day squad, he said it all depended on the selectors and the form of a player.

To a question on the composition of present Indian team and its chances to win the coming World Cup, the captain of the 1983 World Cup winning team, said it could not be predicted now.

The team members had to play more than 30 to 40 matches in the coming six to seven months and nobody could predict the fitness and form of the players at the time of World Cup, he observed.

He ruled out plans to set up academy for cricket to train youngsters, saying that it was the job of the BCCI to do what was good for the cricket in the country.

His advise to youngsters, "Believe in yourselves. Play as many games at domestic level, before aiming high. The younger generation can do a lot and much better for the country."