Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar had been an integral a part of the 1983 World Cup successful group © AFP
Former World Cup successful captain Kapil Dev began the development of cricketers arising from small cities, non-metropolitan cities and villages. He performed home cricket for Haryana and made a big impact on Indian cricket, making a technology of cricketers from small cities and villages consider that they might additionally make it to the large stage. Before that, many of the cricketers that India produced got here from Mumbai, Delhi or different metropolitan cities. That level was reiterated by former India captain and batting legend Sunil Gavaskar in the course of the launch of Democracy’s XI, a brand new cricket ebook by Rajdeep Sardesai, in Mumbai on Monday (October 23).
“Kapil was the one that made everyone believe that no matter where they came from they can go on to play for India and captain India,” mentioned Gavaskar.
“He didn’t come from the metros, until then players from the metros used to dominate the playing XI or the squad. There was an awe of players from Mumbai and Delhi by other players. Kapil changed it all. There had always been players who had come in from smaller states, but were not able to have an impact,” he added.
“Kapil played for Haryana throughout and I think he was the first non-metro player to have an impact and that is the reason why I say if India finds talent today from all nooks and corners, it’s only because of Kapil. Kapil was the first one from a small town to make an impact with bat and ball, to win matches with both. He excited a whole generation. He was the one that made the small town guys believe that this is not a big town guys’ game only,” added the 68-year-old who was additionally the primary batsman to attain 10,000 Test runs.