Former India captain and one of the best all-rounders in his time, Kapil Dev has opened up on the current mindset of the players. While he admitted that the game has evolved since his time but again added that it’s saddening to see when someone can get tired after bowling just four overs as well.
However, his comments came after seeing India’s performance in the inaugural World Test Championship final where they lost to New Zealand. Notably, both their batting and bowling units failed miserably.
“What I feel is that when you play 10 months of cricket in a year, you tend to get injured more,” Kapil Dev said on Sports Yaari on YouTube. “And cricket today is very basic – you either perform with the bat or the ball. But in our time, we had to do everything. So cricket today has changed. Sometimes it is saddening to see a player getting tired after bowling just four overs and I’ve heard they’re not allowed to bowl more than three or four overs.”
Meanwhile, Kapil Dev has recalled that the mindset has changed now as well. He also said that during practice, the bowlers would have ended up bowling 10 overs even those players who would come to bat even at last during his playing days.
“I remember in our time – I won’t say whether it’s right or wrong – even the last player who would come out and bat during the nets, we would end up bowling 10 overs to them as well. So that mindset has to be developed and that helps build muscles. Today perhaps those four overs are enough for them so we feel – for our generation – it feels a bit strange,” Kapil Dev concluded.
Team India will now play a five-match Test series against England in Augustas well before they will take part in the rest of the Indian Premier League 2021 games which will resume in September-October as well.