Dev believes Tendulkar’s form has been overhyped by the media
Legendary India all-rounder Kapil Dev has defended iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s batting as of late, stating that the ‘Little Master’ is still in good form considering his age and having just recently completed his 23rd year in the sport.
Dev noted that it would be great to see Tendulkar convert the 23 years into 30 since it would be a milestone that no other player will have or possibly would ever achieve during their international career.
“It is great that he (Sachin) has completed 23 years in international cricket. I wish him to complete 30 years. He is playing good,” Dev said.
When asked about his take on whether the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would ever consider holding any day-night Test matches in the near future, Dev said: “When the time comes for the Board (BCCI) to decide on the matter, then we can say something.”
Despite speculation that the retirement of legendary batting duo Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman has severely hindered India’s middle order, Dev believes that the right candidates to fill their spots will reveal themselves one day.
“When Sunil Gavaskar announced his retirement people thought our team would no longer survive,” Dev added. “However, we evolved and youngsters came and slowly took over. Now we have players like Kohli and Pujara who are performing well. Youngsters will be there to replace people who retire.”
Speaking about India’s weaknesses, Dev noted that the national team especially seemed to struggle on pitches in England and South Africa, but added that both those nations had their own troubles when facing India at home due to conditions being spin-friendly.
“This has been going on since last 50 years,” Dev said. “In places like England they have seamer friendly wickets, while here we have our own spinner friendly ones.
“When we go to play in England, do they develop pitches friendly for spinners? So we should all enjoy the unique characteristic of each pitch.”