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Too much experimentation can backfire: Kapil Dev

The former captain said changes were good when made in small doses.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2005 19:58 IST

Former cricket captain Kapil Dev on Thursday warned that too many experiments with team composition and strategy could have an adverse impact on the Indian team's performance.

"Changes are good when they are made in small doses... Too much experimentation could leave the team vulnerable and it may not know what hit them when things go against them," Kapilsaid.

The most important thing is to continue winning as it is a very good habit to have and instills confidence in the side, the legend said.

Expressing happiness at the series win over Sri Lanka, he said the important thing now was to preserve the winning momentum.

"Rahul Dravid has led the side well and has responded to the added responsibility in a positive manner. Not only has his personal form been good, but he has also succeeded in getting the best out of the other members of the side," Kapil said on the sidelines of a function where he was appointed the brand ambassador of the Special Olympics movement.

However, he said that it was too early to pass a judgement on Dravid's leadership.

"He has led the side with passion and maturity but he needs to continue winning matches for India."

Referring to the continued absence of Sourav Ganguly from the team, Kapil said the Bengal left-hander needed to work harder to make a comeback.

"He is a determined and stubborn cricketer and can definitely come back if he is ready for the challenge," the former captain said.

"However, it is a good sign that senior players like Sourav and Zaheer Khan, who have proved their mettle at the highest level, are struggling to find a place in the side."

Stressing that Irfan Pathan was already an allrounder in his eyes, Kapil said the left-arm seamer needed to work harder on both aspects of his game to improve further.

Reacting to queries about Sachin Tendulkar's moderate run after his big scores in the first two matches after his return from injury, he said the media should not be hasty in its judgements.

"Big players are judged in the long run. At the end of the year, we will know how many runs he scored and how many hundreds he scored."

"We should not be overly critical of our players," Kapil added.

First Published: Nov 20, 2005 15:08 IST