I still feel like touching Kapil's feet

Published: Friday, June 9, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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New Delhi: Former Test cricketer Manoj Prabhakar has been known for his competitiveness and his combativeness.

But he shot to fame last month for his performance outside the field. His videotape titled, "Fallen Heroes - The Inside Story of a Nation Betrayed," shocked the cricketing world and fans all over the country.

Prabhakar may have pulled off the most sensational sting operation in the history of cricket, but was it ethical? Is he a crusader? Or was this just a publicity stunt?

In this exclusive interview to indiaabroad.com, Prabhakar speaks out for the first time.


Prabhakar, who alleged that Indian cricket coach Kapil Dev offered him Rs 25 lakh to under perform in a match against Pakistan in the 1994 Singer series in Colombo, still maintains that Kapil is his "favourite".

"I still feel like touching his feet, whenever he is on the field. Whatever I did was not against a person called Kapil Dev. It was against the system," Prabhakar justified.

Kapil Dev has threatened to sue Prabhakar, an issue the latter declined to comment on. He only said, "My best seniors whom I respect - Mohinder Amarnath and Raman Lamba - always said that one should not react when one is excited. So let me see."

"I want my countrymen to know the truth and I wanted to try and save the game of cricket, which I love. Without the truth, the game cannot be saved. When I was on the field, I fought like a warrior for my team. Eventually I realised that it was not enough to win matches because other people were cheating and it is, after all, a team game," Prabhakar explained.

Explaining his "sting" operation, the former all-rounder said: "Ever since I was offered money to fix a match it has been playing on my mind. I felt that I should expose them."

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