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Players should shun 'personal greed' and retire, says Kapil Dev

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Updated: Saturday, September 7, 2013, 14:20 [IST]
 
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Shun 'personal greed' and retire: Kapil

Bangalore, Sep 7: Former India captain Kapil Dev feels players should give up their "personal greed" when deciding on retirements so that the next generation of cricketers don't miss out.

Kapil, who led India to 1983 World Cup glory, feels age is not a factor to draw conclusions on retirement time in cricket. The former all-rounder was speaking on "Leader Talk" programme on "CNN IBN" news channel on Saturday.

Players should let go "personal greed" and call time on careers, felt Kapil. However, he added it was tough for the cricketers to shun that "greed". He said age should not be the only criterion to judge a player. He felt a player aged 35 was far more agile than a 27-year-old.

He also advised players that even after retirement life is beautiful. "There is a beautiful life after retirement. You can enjoy after retirement," he said.

On corruption in cricket, Kapil said it was the responsibility of senior players to guide the youngster on the perils of fixing.

"It is the responsibility of every senior player. You have to teach a youngster about the pride to play for club, country and yourself. In spite of all the advice, still an odd person might fail you. It's ok. Odd person will sell himself. Majority of them should be good, it is important," he opined.

When queried about his role models, Kapil said he had many including former batsman GR Viswanath. His other role models were Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa.

"My role models kept on changing. When I meet people, I admire. Not only in sports, what they achieved in other field as well. GR Viswanath was my role model in cricket," he said.

His one piece of advice to youngsters is "Don't lie to yourself".

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Story first published:  Saturday, September 7, 2013, 13:08 [IST]
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