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They Feel They Know Everything: Kapil Dev Berates Youngsters for Being Arrogant

Kapil Dev encouraged the youngsters to seek help from former greats like Sunil Gavaskar.

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India's 1983 World Cup-winning captain, Kapil Dev berated the arrogance of young cricketers, whilst also speaking on the impact of IPL, during a conversation with The Week.

Dev stated the current generation of players think they know everything and are not interested in advice from former greats. “Sometimes, when too much money comes, arrogance comes. These cricketers, they feel they know everything. That’s the difference. I would say there are so many cricketers who need help. When Sunil Gavaskar is there, why can’t you talk? Why should there be ego? They feel they are good enough. Maybe they are good enough, but extra help from somebody, who has seen 50 seasons of cricket, won’t hurt. He knows which side the grass grows and where the sun comes out from,” he said.

Further commenting on the role of IPL in “spoiling” the cricketers, the legend said, “I think IPL was the big change. Look, change only comes when money also comes. I always feel money is very good; it gives you confidence. At this stage, the cricket board has the responsibility to look after them. They come from humble backgrounds; sometimes, when you get too much money, you get spoiled. Everybody can’t handle that. You need guidance; the cricket board today can hire people and give them classes.”

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On being asked about the pressure of playing against Pakistan, he further said. “What is pressure? Pressure doesn’t come when you’re facing the ball. It starts building up when your waiter gives you coffee and says, “Pakistan se nahi haarna (don’t lose to Pakistan)”. So that’s how the build-up takes place.”
Kapil Dev encouraged the youngsters to seek help from former greats like Sunil Gavaskar.

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“Your heart says India has a chance, but it looks like it is not so easy because you need a stroke of luck, you need no injuries, you need a lot of things at that moment. Let us first make it to the top four," the former all-rounder said about upcoming 2023 ICC Men's ODI World Cup.

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We Showed We Can Actually Play ODI Cricket: Kapil Dev on 1983 World Cup Triumph

Talking about the mood of the team during the 83 World Cup, Kapil said that it was very chilled out initially but the thought process changed as they moved forward in the campaign.

“In the beginning, it was very simple: chill, let’s play. And once we started winning matches, the thought process changed. In cricket, once you start believing you can do it, things change. I don’t blame my team [for not believing], because we had never won anything. But, before the World Cup, in the series against the West Indies, we showed we can actually play ODIs (India beat West Indies in an ODI for the first time),” he said

He further added, “Before that we neither had the attitude nor the mindset. Because we learnt traditional cricket. In one-day cricket, you have to get the runs, and I think that win in the West Indies gave us a boost. And the first win at Old Trafford in the 1983 World Cup changed the attitude. There were still a few people who were unsure. Once we beat Zimbabwe, the mindset changed. Only three matches were left after that, and the entire team started believing we can win from any situation. That was more important.”

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