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Its time for Team India to make amends: Kapil

Published: Monday, May 7, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Srinagar:Holding the entire team responsible for the World Cup debacle, former captain Kapil Dev yesterday called upon Team India members to make amends for the past mistakes by playing as a unit during the Bangladesh tour.

''The players should rise to the occasion in Bangladesh by playing collectively...the team should not just rely on the heroics of any one member in the series,'' Kapil said at the sidelines of a golf tournament here.

The 1983 World Cup-winning captain said though some individual players had proved to be match winners, they were no bigger than the game.

He expressed the hope that the entire team would face the future challenges as a unit and emerge victorious in future tournaments.

''We should not glorify just one player when the team wins.

The victory is the result of the efforts of the entire team.

Similarly in defeat, the whole squad should be held responsible,'' he said.

Kapil said mistakes have been committed in the past, but it was time to make amends.

''Let us all forget the past. The team should march ahead instead of looking back,'' he added.

About the new coach for Team India, he said the issue has been blown out of proportion.

''It is not a big issue for me. Coaches and managers are meant to improve the things. Players need to play well on the field. They have to perform and play to their full potential to win games,'' Kapil said.

UNI

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