Dev: India need to stop relying on Kohli

Kapil Dev India cannot keep relying on Virat Kohli cricket

Kapil Dev: “When you start depending on one player, you make things difficult”

Image courtesy of: Zimbio

Legendary India all-rounder Kapil Dev has admitted that the national team cannot keep relying on captain Virat Kohli going forward.

Kohli has been India’s best performer in the ongoing five-Test series against England, but despite scoring 544 runs at an average of 68, India have already lost the series as they trail 3-1 going into the fifth Test at The Oval on Friday.

Dev pointed out in order for India to do well going forward, other players in the team have to start making their presence felt.

“Cricket is a team game. Kohli is an important player,” he was quoted as saying by Sportstar Live. “You do rely on important players, but when you start depending on one player, you make things difficult. Important players do matter but collectively you have to play like a team to win.”

Meanwhile, Dev lauded England for their performance throughout the series, and was especially impressed with how they bounced back from their 203-run loss in the third Test in Nottingham.

“You must give credit to England. I think they played much better than us even though I still believe our team was far better,” he said. “You have to learn from your mistakes, and the only way you can become the best is if you don’t make mistakes more often. This series, you gave England the chance to bounce back. And they bounced back.”