Kapil Dev is likely one of the most revered gamers within the historical past of the sport. He took over the reins of a struggling Indian aspect and reworked them into world-beaters. Kapil led India to their first-ever World Cup title in 1983. He’s continually labelled as the best all-rounder within the recreation. He talked about different nice all-rounders like Ian Botham, Richard Hadlee and Imran Khan on WV Raman’s Inside Out podcast.
Kapil lauded Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup-winning captain Imran and known as him the toughest working participant he has seen. Nonetheless, he stopped in need of naming him as the perfect athlete.
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“Wouldn’t say Imran Khan was the perfect athlete or essentially the most pure, however he was essentially the most hardworking participant we’ve seen. When he began out, he regarded like an odd bowler, however then he grew to become a really hardworking quick bowler and he discovered by himself. After which he labored on his batting as properly,” Kapil mentioned.
Kapil performed a pivotal function within the run to the championship with a match-winning knock in opposition to Zimbabwe and a superb catch to dismiss Viv Richards within the remaining. He scored 303 runs and took 12 wickets for India within the 1983 World Cup. Speaking about comparisons with the three nice former all-rounders, Kapil reckoned that although he might not have been the best among the many lot, the previous India captain undoubtedly believes he was a greater athlete than Botham, Richard, and Imran mixed.
“I wouldn’t say I used to be the best, however I used to be a greater athlete than all three put collectively. One of the best bowling was Richard Hadlee’s – he was like a pc among the many 4 of us,” he mentioned.