Veteran India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has dismissed former India captain Kapil Dev’s claim that current Indian players are arrogant due to the massive amount of money they have earned and the Indian Premier League (IPL), claiming that these accusations only arise when India lose a game. Jadeja also added that players are dedicated and focused as well.
However, Kapil Dev, in a recent interview with The Week magazine, said that the current crop of Indian cricketers seems to be arrogant because they are earning a lot of money, stating that they appear to think they know everything. And, Kapil Dev’s comments came after former India opener Sunil Gavaskar said to an Indian daily that players like VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, and Rahul Dravid would come to him for advice when they used to hit rock bottom but now no one comes as well.
“I didn’t know when he said this. I don’t search too many things on social media. Everyone has their own opinion. It’s nothing like that. Everybody is enjoying their game and working hard. Players are not taking their place in the team for granted. Whenever they are getting chances, they are giving their 100 percent and trying to win games for India,” Ravindra Jadeja said when he was asked about Kapil Dev’s comments during a press conference.
Notably, West Indies beat India by six wickets in the second One-Day International (ODI) in Barbados to level the series 1-1. However, Jadeja believes they can win the series as well. The final ODI of the three-match series will take place on August 1 at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad as well.
“Such questions crop up when India loses a game. Nobody is arrogant. Everybody is representing India. We are working hard and playing for the country. There is no personal agenda,” Ravindra Jadeja concluded. “We are very confident and not in any doubt. We know we lost one game but it is okay, it is part of the game. If you are trying something different, this can happen. We are definitely going to give our best and win the series.”