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Kapil: I?m a fan of Dhoni

CELEBRITY CRICKETER Kapil Dev has questioned why there is a hue and cry over non-participation of Saurav Ganguli only in cricket matches while nothing is said for Kumble and Laxman?

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 20:57 IST

CELEBRITY CRICKETER Kapil Dev has questioned why there is a hue and cry over non-participation of Saurav Ganguli only in cricket matches while nothing is said for Kumble and Laxman?

“What is their fault for which Anil Kumble and Laxman are not given a chance to play in one-day cricket matches and people do not talk much about it”, he further questioned.

Talking to the mediapersons here at a press conference here on Tuesday, Kapil Dev stunned the people completely by raising this question in response to a query over the non -participation of Saurav Ganguli in cricket matches.
The selectors should be asked whySaurav was not in the Indian cricket team, he said.

When the performance of a cricketer was not satisfactory, his sport days were over, but there should be nice and respectable behaviour with the outgoing player because he had already given much fame to the country’s cricket, he said.

When asked about the performance of young cricketers without Sachin Tendulker in the Indian cricket team, Kapil said once the former was also a child in the field of cricket and gradually he grew up. In the same way youngsters of today would attain new heights.

Kapil said he was a fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had the capacity of winning the match. Irfan Pathan and Dhoni had given an alternative to the Indian team, he said.

To another query over suspension of Jagmohan Dalmiya from the BCCI, he did not comment and simply appreciated him as a good administrator, who positively did much for the Board. Brushing aside the controversy of Sharad Pawar and Dalmiya, he said it was not good in the interest of the nation as both were engaged in politics.

However, it had not affected the youngsters in cricket yet.

Speaking on Greg Chappel, he said the assessment of the coach’s performance could not be done so early. Performance was good so long as the Indian team was winning. It was the coach who had to take credit for victory and responsibility for defeat.

The assessment of the performance of Chappel would be made after three years, he said.

First Published: Apr 11, 2006 20:57 IST