Former Captain Kapil Dev has said that split-Captaincy will never work in India. He said that split captaincy has no meaning in India’s cricket culture. Kapil said that just as a multi-national company cannot have 2 CEOs, similarly, a team cannot have two captains.
Let us tell you that after the right-handed batsman Rohit Sharma helped Mumbai Indians lift their 5th Indian Premier League (IPL) title, a debate on split captaincy has gathered momentum. Several former players have suggested that Rohit should be handed the leadership of at least the T20 side.
In our culture, it is not going to happen: Kapil
At the HT Leadership Summit, Kapil said, “In our culture, it is not going to happen that way. In one company you make two CEOs? No. If Kohli is going to play T20s and he is good enough. Let him be there. Even though I would like to see other people coming out. But it’s difficult .”
Changing the captain may bring more differences between the players: Kapil
Kapil said, “Our 80 percent, 70 percent of the team across formats is the same team. They don’t like captains having different theory. It may bring more differences between the players who look up to the captain. If you have two captains, players might think he is going to be my captain in Tests. I will not annoy him.”
Kapil praised T Natarajan for his superb performance in IPL:
Regarding fast bowling, Kapil said, “I am not happy with fast bowlers (these days). The first ball cannot be cross seam. Players in IPL realised that swing is more important than pace. Sandeep (Sharma), who bowled 120 kph, was tougher because he was moving the ball. Bowlers have to understand it’s not the pace, it’s the swing. They should learn but are running away from art.”
“T Natarajan was my hero of IPL. Young boy was fearless and bowling so many yorkers. Keep your wrist straight, hold the ball seam-up. Whenever the ball moves Tests matches become important. Wasim, Botham, Willis, Hadlee. McGrath, look how good he was. The art of swing bowling should come back. Learning the knuckle ball and all is fine. If you don’t know how to swing the ball, everything is waste”, he added.
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