Former India captain Kapil Dev has come out against the idea of the team going for split captaincy in wake of Rohit Sharma’s IPL triumph. He believes the policy of split captaincy goes against the culture and will not bode well for the Men In Blue, who are currently under the leadership of Virat Kohli across all three formats.
After recently undergoing angioplasty following heart complications, the 61-year-old appeared virtually at the HT Leadership Summit where he explained his stance over the split captaincy theory.
“In our culture, it is not going to happen that way. In one company you make two CEOs? No. If Kohli is going to play T20s and he is good enough. Let him be there. Even though I would like to see other people coming out. But it’s difficult,”
Furthermore, he opined that since the 80 per cent of the squad plays across all the three formats, the players won’t like having different principles from the skipper as the format changes.
“Our 80 per cent, 70 per cent of the team across formats is same team. They don’t like captains having different theory. It may bring more differences between the players who look up to the captain.
“If you have two captains, players might think he is going to be my captain in Tests. I will not annoy him.”
Kapil Dev laments over the use of variations by pacers
The all-rounder directed his displeasure towards the fast bowlers due to their obsession with variations. He added that all the work spent to master the variation will be futile until the bowler does not possess the basic skills set of swinging a ball.
Kapil Dev heaped praise on Indian bowlers Sandeep Sharma and T Natarajan for their smart bowling in the recently concluded IPL. The Sunrisers Hyderabad duo impressed the former pacer with their swing bowlers and yorkers respectively.
“I am not happy with fast bowlers (these days). The first ball cannot be cross seam. Players in IPL realised that swing is more important than pace. Sandeep (Sharma), who bowled 120 kph, was tougher because he was moving the ball,”
“Bowlers have to understand it’s not the pace, it’s the swing. They should learn but are running away from art. T Natarajan was my hero of IPL. Young boy was fearless and bowling so many yorkers,” Kapil Dev stated
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