ICC ranking similar to Duckworth-Lewis : Kapil

Published: Friday, January 16, 2009, 15:24 [IST]
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Kapil Dev slams ICC

New Delhi: Cricket legend Kapil Dev today slammed the International Cricket Council rating of all-time greats, which excludes Sachin Tendulkar from the Top 10 in Tests or ODIs.

"I am appalled at the International Cricket Council's methods of devising the best batsman and the best bowler. It is all the more disappointing when I see that the names of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar do not figure on the top," Kapil said.

The attacks of the 1970s were definitely the best and someone like Gavaskar handled the likes of Michael Holding and Joel Garner with ease. He got several centuries against top class West Indies attacks. Has this been taken into consideration? Do the points reflect the performance of pace bowlers on helpful pitches of the sub-continent? We are talking about different eras.

"It is similar to the Duckworth-Lewis, a devise that only they understand," he added.

The ICC came out with its list of all time greats of the game with Matthew Hayden at 10th and 18th places in the Tests and ODIs list while Tendulkar and Gavaskar languished at lower rungs.

"I don't want to go into the nitty-gritty of this needless ranking but the ICC should have known what it was indulging in when it made the list public.

"I think some ill-informed officials in the ICC have little regard for history and the efforts that go into an individual attaining greatness by playing the game over a long period of time and that too with distinction," he fumed.

"What is the criteria that goes into deciding who is the best. I am not casting any aspersions on the abilities of those whom ICC thinks are good enough to be ranked above Gavaskar and Tendulkar but I am sure even those players must be embarrassed," said the only World Cup winning captain from India.

Making a case for Gavaskar, Kapil said it was because of him that India could avoid many defeats as the team managed draws because of his knocks.


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