Sachin has a lot left in him: Kapil takes U-turn

Published: Saturday, July 2, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Describing Sachin Tendulkar as the best batsman in modern times, legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev today said the master blaster has lot to offer to Indian cricket.

"I have fond memories of Sachin. I witnessed his evolution from a 16-year-old boy to undoubtedly the best batsman in modern times. I personally think that he has lot to offer to Indian cricket and wish him the very best," the former Indian captain said.

Kapil, who was in Bangalore for the announcement of Hero Indian Sports Academy (HISA) awards ceremony to be held on Saturday, said the current pool in Indian cricket is adequate to take on even the best team in the world, including Australia.

In a statement here, he offered comments on each of the four cricketers -- Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and Tendulkar -- who had been nominated for the HISA awards in cricket. The four cricketers have been nominated for the 'Indian sportsman of the year award' out of six contestants at HISA.

Kapil expressed the view that an evenly balanced Indian team were short on overall team performance though there were good individual performances last year.

"It is nice to see a good mix of individual performance in the different departments of the game. This means that the team is evenly balanced. Unfortunately, this did not result in overall team's performance. It's sooner than later that Indians will start the winning habit."

Pointing out that Sehwag was at his swashbuckling best when he reached highest individual score of 309 against Pakistan at Multan in March last year, Kapil said the explosive batsman's quick reflexes and strength were a revelation.

He said Dravid and Kumble are the backbone of Indian batting and bowling departments, respectively. "Dravid is truly the mainstay of Indian batting attack".

"It seems Anil (Kumble) is getting younger by the day which is a good sign for Indian team. His record has been consistent over the years and last year he took 74 wickets in 12 Tests with two 10-wicket hauls and six five-wicket hauls. I personally congratulated him for his rare feat when he became the highest Indian wicket taker of all time".

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