Sourav should not beg for a place, says Kapil

Published: Monday, November 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Kolkata: Cricketing legend Kapil Dev today said that Sourav Ganguly should strive to return to the national squad not by 'begging' but by making runs.

"I like Sourav for his arrogance ... But I wouldn't like his begging for a place in the team ... He should stand up and come back by scoring more and more runs. That is the Sourav I know," Kapil told newspersons here.

"There is no politics involved (in Ganguly being kept out of the team). Here, his character is important. He should be solid in his mind and has to bounce back and prove his detractors wrong," he said on the sidelines of a function.

Kapil referred to Mohinder Amarnath, who was dropped on a number of occasions, but made comebacks every time.

Saying that he understood the sentiments of Ganguly's fans in Kolkata, who are dismayed by the local player missing out on a place in the Indian team, Kapil said, "He has served the country well. And we all miss him. But don't you miss me, or Sunil Gavaskar?"

When a scribe reminded him that Ganguly had scored a hundred in Zimbabwe where India won the Test series under him, Kapil said, "That's yesterday. Let us look for what is best for the country today."

Asked whether Dravid should be made captain in Tests also, Kapil said, "my opinion is that if a player is in the team in both versions of the game, and if he is the captain in one, then he should continue in the same post in the other form also."

Kapil said though Dravid seemed to be doing 'fabulously well' as skipper, he would face his real test when the going gets tough for the side.

''My cricketing mind says that it is too early to judge him. When your team is doing well, everything will fall in place. The problem starts when the team is not doing well, And then one can judge the character of a captain by seeing how he behaves,'' Kapil said.

India's World Cup winning captain expressed his reservation about the plethora of experiments being carried out by new coach Greg Chappell.

''I think one should not have to make many changes. The odd change is ok. We like players of the calibre of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and M S Dhoni when they come in as fresh faces. But many new faces do not stay long,'' he said.

Kapil said it was premature to give credit to Chappell's strategies for India's recent successes. ''The fruits of his actions will be seen in two years's time and not today. No captain or coach can produce results overnight.''

In this context, Kapil also gave credit to Ganguly.

''Don't forget, Sourav built the team when it was required the most,'' he added.

Though he praised the youngsters in the team, Kapil said that an assessment of India's chances in the 2007 World Cup could be done only towards the end of 2006.

''It is too early now. More than 100 ODIs are to be played in the intervening period,'' he said.

Lauding the new crop of pace bowlers, Kapil said ''Earlier also we had fast bowlers, but then someone has to spot them. These players have got their chance and have done well. They now have to be patted on the back at times. This will propel them to do well.''

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