Team effort will help Indians win World Cup: Kapil

Published: Friday, June 21, 2002, 2:27 [IST]
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Chennai: Former Indian captain Kapil Dev on Thursday said that the present Indian team was capable of winning the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, provided they kept their heads together and played as a team.

Kapil, who spoke on both cricket and his position as brand Ambassador for Sony-Max at the launch of the Max and Sony entertainment network, felt that the plus point of the team was its inherent ability and the weakness - being dependent on one person. However, he did not elaborate on who it was. He described as wrong, the decision of the Indian cricket Administration to relay pitches. "It is easy to say that we need lively and sporting pitches.

The intention is good. Bringing soil for two pitches in the country and expecting 5000 cricketers to use them is wrong." He said better facilities should be provided and existing ones improved. "We should put our money on school kids for them to become cricketing heroes." Referring to the 1983 World Cup, he said, "In 1983, we did not have a hero, but a team of heroes. All 14 players were outstanding and worked as a team to win the World Cup."

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