Jadeja is MVP at the moment: Kapil
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Kolkata, July 21: Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev on Saturday credited Ravindra Jadeja for the recent success of the Indian cricket team and termed the Saurashtra player the “most valued cricketer” presently.
“Since he (Jadeja) came in, it made so much difference to the team. He is the most valued cricketer at the moment,” Kapil said.
Kapil said Jadeja was a great asset to the team with his impressive bowling, batting and sharp fielding.
“In last one year, he has established himself more than an all-rounder. He was the one who lifted the fielding, he not only set the standards he lift the standards.
“Good to see a player of his calibre who can play and win matches with his batting, bowling and on top of that with his fielding. Hats off to him. It’s great to have a player of his ability in the team,” the 1983 World Cup winning skipper said on the sidelines of Cricket Association of Bengal’s annual awards ceremony.
Having seen the youngsters perform during India’s successful Champions Trophy campaign, the cricketer-turned-commentator said the gen next did not let anybody feel the absence of the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir.
“When you did not have the big players who had served the country so well, and you don’t miss them that means the next generation has arrived. I am not saying we don’t miss the big names anymore but what I’m saying is that the young cricketers are playing so well that we did not miss the big guns,” he said.
Talking about 2015 World Cup, Kapil said the youth brigade can successfully defend their title in Australia.
“It’s too early to say that how many will be fit enough to play in the tournament. But, yes we have enough young boys who can play the next World Cup and win it and that’s important,” he said.
Equally effusive in his praise for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kapil said it was tougher than during his time to win the World Cup.
Asked to compare the two victories of 1983 and 2011, Kapil said: “This one. Tomorrow, it will be more difficult. The reason is obvious. Life gets tougher, so in future it would be more tough. It won’t be easy. Next generation is always much more harder and tougher.
“Everybody knows that he’s done wonderfully well for himself and the team. Yes, he is one of the best captains and we should respect that. When you ask such question, you have a doubt in your mind. I have no doubts, I don’t talk about him. He’s the best captain at the moment. We should just say that he is the captain,” Kapil replied when asked if Dhoni was the all time best.
On Virat Kohli being the future captain, the all-rounder said: “As long Dhoni is there, we should not talk about any other person. If we have a captain, we should respect him. The day selectors think it’s time to change then we should talk about it. I will not about Kohli at all.”
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