HTLS 2020: Don’t just think of T20 or IPL, also look at tests and ODIs, says Kapil Dev

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Legendary Indian cricketer and former captain Kapil Dev said on Friday that the Indian Premier League (IPL) has made Indian cricket stronger, but the council should also focus on traditional formats – testing and ODI – instead of focusing only on the development of T20 cricket, while discussing. with Ayaz Memon, veteran sports writer and journalist, on day two of the 18th The Bharat Express News Leadership Summit.

“Yes, cricket has changed. People all over the world just want to play IPL, BBL and tournaments like that. I am a positive person. I would say that IPL gave us strength. What used to be County Cricket, all the top players played there and England would benefit from it, but today IPL gives us the same advantage that the best players come to play with our youngsters. Our next generation is ready and that’s the good part, ”Kapil Dev said during a video conference speech at HTLS 2020.

Speaking about a few drawbacks that the T20 franchise leagues have brought as a by-product, Kapil said T20 cricket is enjoyable and has its own charm, but that it shouldn’t reduce the value of traditional cricket, which revolves around of the Cricket Test.

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“Don’t just think of the T20 or the IPL, look at the big picture. You have to take care of your first class cricket, Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy. You also need to take care of testing and ODI. Yes the money making factor is there and I wish the board and the players the best of luck but as a cricketer I would like to see that we do not let go of our tradition.

“To cite the example of tennis, it is played on clay, on synthetic turf, but we still have Wimbledon on turf to keep the tradition alive. We are abandoning our traditions in hockey. All over the world, it is now only played on astroturf, which is not very good. We were the best at dribbling (on grass pitches) and it’s the same with cricket, the art of playing Test cricket is different. Keep up the pace in Test Cricket. Concentrate on the art. Watch how a Dravid or Gavaskar used to build their sleeves. I love watching all six, I never would have imagined the kind of captures that are taken today, but the emphasis should also be on testing, ”said Kapil.

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The first Indian captain to win the World Cup has welcomed the return of cricket after a long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“There is no thrill without a crowd. I don’t think a stage performer can perform when no one is cheering or cheering. Yes they will get used to it but this was the first tournament (after the long gap) so I have to congratulate all the players. They looked so passionate maybe because they haven’t played cricket for six months. Crowd or no crowd, they looked passionate and that was the good part. Yes some looked distorted but that’s fine.

“It’s very difficult for a cricketer because the sport is for the public, you want to enjoy that atmosphere. It doesn’t matter how much music you put on or how many paper signs you put (in the stands), but it’s no fun without people hissing and clapping, ”he added.

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Kapil Dev was India’s first true fast and versatile bowler, who made a name for himself with his bowling swing and fearless hitter in order. He led the team forward in the 1983 World Cup as India shocked West Indies favorites to become world champions.

Kapil Dev’s marvelous take to send Vivian Richards back to the final set India on the path to a memorable victory over Caribbean winning team Clive Lloyd. The 1983 World Cup victory revolutionized cricket in the country as millions of young people took up the sport, which ultimately led to India becoming one of the world’s gaming powers.

Kapil ended his career as (at the time) the best wicket-taker in test cricket by breaking Richard Hadlee’s record in the twilight of his career. After his retirement, he had a brief stint as the coach of the Indian team, before becoming one of the main voices in cricket commentary.

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