New Delhi: With Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir going through a prolong form slump, former India captain Kapil Dev said the signs are “worrying” not only for the Indian team but also for the future of the two openers.
The last few years have seen India failing to get good starts more often than not and a string of poor performances has led the team lose its No. 1 Test ranking.
Gambhir scored his last Test century in Januray 2010 against Bangladesh. Since then, the left-hander has played 40 innings with a below par average of 28.36.
Sehwag, too, has been off colour and has managed just 981 runs from 30 innings at an average of 33.80. It is way below his career average of 50.64 in 98 Tests.
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“If someone of the calibre of Sehwag and Gambhir don’t score runs, it is worrying. I can’t say it is not worrying,” said Kapil in the Capital on Saturday.
“The players with such big reputations, if they want to maintain it they have to get runs regularly, otherwise, it is a worry for everybody. It is a bigger worry for them than for anyone else,” said the 1983 World Cup winning captain.
India lost eight Tests in a row against England and Australia, although an injured Sehwag didn’t play most of the Tests against the Englishmen.
Since the high of 2011 World Cup win in the sub-continent, India has fallen far too rapidly and critics are up in arms against captain MS Dhoni and his methods of leading the side.
Kapil, however, threw his weight behind Dhoni and said it was unfair to expect the Indian skipper to win all the matches.
“How can we expect him to win every tournament for India?” asked Kapil.
“We have a captain who got India the No. 1 rankings in Tests, he won us the 50-over World Cup and the World T20. Because of all this, our expectations have risen from him and when once in a while he fails, people start pointing fingers at him.” While Australia, England and South Africa have been following the multiple captains’ theory, Kapil was of the view that India shouldn’t tag along just for the sake of doing it.
The former all-rounder very much indicated that Dhoni should be allowed to continue to lead the team in all three formats until, there is a suitable replacement.
“If there is someone who can handle the job in all three formats, why not continue with him and what options do we have."
“We tend to follow what teams like Australia do and appreciate that but when we do certain things, we are criticised.”
Sachin Tendulkar getting bowled in the recent times has attracted headlines with questions asked whether it is time for him to retire.
Kapil preferred to stay away from expressing his views: “Fingers are raised only on good players and not the mediocre ones. It’s good not to speak much about a great player like Sachin. He recently gave an interview and made things very clear in that.”