Kapil Dev, India’s former captain, and world-class allrounder reminisce on his epic rearguard effort against Zimbabwe within the 1983 World Cup, his record, and therefore the premier other allrounders of his era. Also, he thinks Sachin Tendulkar could and will have had more runs to his name. Here’s Dev*, on Inside Out, a podcast hosted by former India batsman WV Raman.
On his 175 not out at Tunbridge Wells against Zimbabwe within the 1983 World Cup: ‘All my life I’ve only had an idea A – to win the match’
Kapil Dev: “When you’re 9 for 4, you’re shattered inside, but coming from a resilient background, I had the guts to fight back. I went in and asked Yash [Yashpal Sharma] what the matter was. He said, ‘Bas aa rahein hain, aur ja rahein hain [The batters are arriving and departing way too quickly]. We’re inexplicably getting caught behind.’ then soon after, Yash himself got out, and in came Roger Binny. I asked him to play the complete over and occupy the wicket and not choose runs, assuring him we might [eventually] get the runs, and that we soon were ready to stitch together a partnership.
“In cricket, once you plan, you ought to always only have an idea A; Plan B or Plan C is weak people’s options”
“That 175 [not out] I made against Zimbabwe – it had been all about those last seven overs [and my partnership with Syed Kirmani]. Before that, we were a touch intimidated therein we had taken a face-saving approach because earlier within the tournament we had defeated West Indies and Australia and were feeling on top of the planet, but suddenly we were struggling so badly against Zimbabwe.
“In cricket, once you plan, you ought to always only have an idea A; Plan B or Plan C is weak people’s options. That’s because only you’ve got only one plan involved, you recognize that’s exactly what you would like and need to do. and every one my life I’ve only had an idea A and it’s always been to win the match. So when batting with Kiri, who was much senior to me, he said, ‘Kapil pa, if there is a run-out opportunity [for Zimbabwe], you should not lose your wicket.’ That gave us the strength of solidarity, and that I said, ‘This is what we were trying to find .’ the remainder is history.”
A comparison between Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag: ‘To Sachin, I wont to say, “You must watch Sehwag”‘
“Sachin had such a lot of talent, we hadn’t seen it in anyone. He was born in an era where he knew the way to score hundreds but he never became a ruthless batsman. Sachin had everything in cricket. He knew the way to score hundreds but didn’t skills to convert those hundreds into double-hundreds and triple-hundreds. Sachin had the talent to form a minimum of five triple-centuries and another 10 double-hundreds because he could hit fast bowlers and spinners for a six or a four every over. However, he got trapped within the Mumbai cricket [mindset]: once you score 100, make a line, and begin from zero again. and that is where I said no, you’re such a ruthless cricketer, be like Virender Sehwag.
“I wont to tell Sehwag to be like Sachin: you’ve got numerous shots in your armory that if you await 30-odd minutes, you’ll get to 100. To Sachin, I wont to say, ‘You must watch Virender Sehwag’, who, upon reaching plenty would aim for a minimum of one boundary an over if not two. So within the next 20 overs, he was on the brink of his double-hundred. That was the difference. At times, you do not have people around you to point things bent you and, at times, you’re not conscious of your strength. Sachin’s strength was par excellence and incomparable, but after reaching a century, he would often take one and obtain off the strike.”
“He knew the way to score hundreds but didn’t skills to convert those hundreds into double-hundreds and triple-hundreds”On Sachin Tendulkar
Hadlee v Imran v Botham v Kapil: Who was the simplest allrounder of his time?
“The best bowling was Richard Hadlee’s – he was sort of a computer among the four folks. I would not say Imran Khan was the simplest athlete or the foremost natural, but he was the foremost hardworking player we have seen. When he started, he seemed like a standard bowler, on the other hand, he became a really hardworking fast bowler and he learned by himself. then he worked on his batting also.
“Ian Botham was a real allrounder – in given conditions, he could win a match on his own. I would not say Hadlee was the simplest batsman. Botham could do damage to the opposition both with bat [and ball]. Imran could run through the [opposition] team, but his ability as a pacesetter was much better . to regulate the Pakistan team he had was a challenge.
“I wouldn’t say I used to be the best, but I used to be a far better athlete than all three put together.”
On having issues with outswing late in his career: ‘Things start changing once you switch 30’
“With time, your body starts changing, your injuries, shoulder, knees – your body starts adjusting accordingly. When you’re young, around 18-20 years old, your aptitude involves the fore. within the ’90s, I used to be not a young boy and was aged the incorrect side of my cricketing career, therefore the outswing probably started waning and since I [had] started performing on incoming deliveries quite I used to be brooding about outswing. I feel I can bowl outswingers even today. But, yes, things start changing once you switch 30.
“I wouldn’t say I used to be the best, but I used to be a far better athlete than all three put together”Kapil Dev on how he compares to Ian Botham, Imran Khan, and Richard Hadlee
“My non-bowling arm started going inside rather than backward and it should have also come much straighter. So once I studied my action [before the 1991-92 tour of Australia where Dev finished top of the wickets charts for India], I noticed my arm was falling a touch, which gradually led to less outswing. you’ve got to possess that arm tight and hard. Though it isn’t your bowling arm – the left arm [of a right-arm bowler] – it’s to be equally strong. If the left arm becomes weak, your right arm also will become weak. So I worked thereon and once I came to my rhythm, I got my outswing back because I used to be naturally an outswinger bowler.”
On his batting: With guidance, I could have scored quite another 2000 runs
“Looking back, that tally [of 5248 in Tests] could are far more. Back within the day, we didn’t get the type of guidance that’s available to the present generation – video analysis and other such useful aids. it is easy to resort to hindsight and make assessments about could-have-been in one’s career, but I do admit that my colleagues were right, and I, too, am critiquing my career here: if I had longer and thought in my game, I might have scored quite another 2000 runs.”
(With inputs from ESPNCricInfo)