Kapil Dev Terms Jasprit Bumrah As “1000 Times Better”
By CricShots - Jun 28, 2024 12:07 pm
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The T20 World Cup 2024 has witnessed a flurry of statements that have captivated the cricketing world, many of them stirring considerable debate. Topics ranging from pitch conditions to the scheduling of matches in this ninth edition of the marquee event have sparked widespread discussion. However, a particular remark by former Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev has stood out for its heartfelt sincerity and respect.

Jasprit bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah

In the lead-up to India’s crucial semi-final clash against England, Kapil Dev made a striking comparison between himself and the current Indian pace spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah. Known for his incredible skill and the ability to make the ball talk during his playing days, Dev humbly acknowledged Bumrah’s superiority. Reflecting on the evolution of cricket and the comparison between past and present players, Dev stated that modern cricketers, including Bumrah, are significantly better, despite the former generation’s greater experience.

“Bumrah is 1000 times better than me. These young boys are far better than us. We had more experience. They are better,” Kapil Dev was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

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During Kapil Dev’s era, the emphasis on fitness and diet was minimal compared to today’s standards. In contrast, modern cricketers prioritize these aspects, integrating them as essential components of their training regimens.

Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev highlighted this shift, noting that the current generation of Indian cricketers is far more physically fit and hardworking than his contemporaries. He praised their dedication and comprehensive approach to the sport. “They are very good. Outstanding. They are fitter. They are much more hardworking. They are fantastic,” added Kapil Dev.

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Kapil Dev, often hailed as one of the greatest cricketers India has ever produced, led the nation to a historic victory in the 1983 World Cup, a milestone that transformed Indian cricket. He ended his illustrious career as the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket at the time, surpassing Richard Hadlee’s record with 431 Test wickets. Dev’s acknowledgement of Bumrah and the modern cricketers underscores the continuous evolution of the sport and the increasing standards of excellence.