Former India captain Kapil Dev feels that India can defend the ICC Champions Trophy that will be held in England next month. The Indian legend was speaking at the unveiling of his wax statue at the Madame Tussauds museum in New Delhi on Thursday.
Kapil opined that India would do well unless injury issues come up. "It looks good the way India is playing for the past 5-7 years," Kapil Dev said at the function.
"It depends on how well they will apply themselves in the period. It is not easy to win any tournament. Do we have a team? We have. Depends on how they maintain themselves in that couple of weeks and keep pressure on the opponents,” he went on to add.
Asked about Virat Kohli's lack of form, the former all-rounder decided to play down the issue. "Even in Tests, people used to say if Virat does not score, India wouldn't win. Everybody is important, unfair to bring down other players. Does not matter if an individual is in form or not,” Kapil explained.
Kapil made rather interesting observations about his wax statue, for which he had to strip. "I had to take off my clothes -- didn't have to strip totally but it was weird. It's a new thought. I was more educated about how this is done," he observed.
"(It is) impossible to have another Kapil Dev. But there will be better Kapils, 100s more. (Ravichandran) Ashwin is an all-rounder. (Ravindra) Jadeja and (MS) Dhoni too are fab all-rounders. Anyone with more than one skill is a good all-rounder. I wish a fast bowler and batsman come out but this Indian team has enough players," he said.
--By A Cricket Correspondent