India Cricket: What Kapil Dev Said, Really Meant and Definitely Did Not

Linus Fernandes@mktimeforsportsAnalyst IISeptember 30, 2011

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MARCH 10:  Kapil Dev arrives at the Laureus World Sports Awards 2010 at Emirates Palace Hotel on March 10, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images for Laureus)
Ian Walton/Getty Images

Kapil Dev Has No Time For Records—Sachin's

What he said:

“We have to change our mindset. If we lose the match, what’s the use of statistics? To hell with that!”

Former Indian captain, Kapil Dev Nikhanj, is crystal clear that the Indian cricket team must come before individual achievements. The 1983 World Cup winning skipper was delivering the Dilip Sardesai lecture at the Cricket Club of India (CCI).

He said:

You seem more keen about Sachin’s 99 hundreds and not about how we are going to win the next series.

I am not saying don’t give credit to individual performances, but the country should come first.

Everyone knows Sachin has 99 centuries, but how many know which of those have ended in victories? Out of Sachin’s 99 hundreds, 60 have ended in wins. If anyone reports that I’ll be happy.

What he really meant:

“Surely, you folks don’t remember my 434 wickets and the inexorably slow overhaul of Sir Richard Hadlee‘s record. Now, that’s a statistic!”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Sorry, Sreenath, for keeping you out of the Indian side while I was pursuing my world record. Tendulkar’s merely emulating me—on a larger scale.”

Related

    'Buttler gives England their best chance of winning World Cup'

    Cricket logo
    Cricket

    'Buttler gives England their best chance of winning World Cup'

    BBC Sport
    via BBC Sport

    County cricket talking points: Surrey go top thanks to supreme Pope

    Cricket logo
    Cricket

    County cricket talking points: Surrey go top thanks to supreme Pope

    Gary Naylor
    via the Guardian

    Jos Buttler hundred seals England’s series whitewash of Australia in thriller

    Cricket logo
    Cricket

    Jos Buttler hundred seals England’s series whitewash of Australia in thriller

    Press Association
    via the Guardian

    Jonathan Agnew and the team review England's series win over Australia

    Cricket logo
    Cricket

    Jonathan Agnew and the team review England's series win over Australia

    BBC
    via BBC