Kapil Dev, World Cup-winning captain, names his ODI playing XI
- Kapil Dev brought home India's first World Cup
- Kapil Dev-led India beat West Indies in 1983 World Cup final
- Dev chose Javagal Srinath, Jasprit Bumrah and Harbhajan Singh as his bowlers
India's World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev recently named his all-time One-day International (ODI) playing eleven. In a chat show with Bollywood actor Neha Dhupia, Dev spoke about his personal and professional life as well. The former India captain, who underwent angioplasty recently, is recovering well.
When Dhupia asked Dev to name his all-time playing XI, Dev was quick to say that there is a Test match and there is ODI, both are different. However, he went ahead and named his ODI playing XI.
“ODI…if I have to pick, I would say definitely Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, will be there, Rahul Dravid will be there, Yuvraj will be there,” he said.
“Wicket Keeper is only Dhoni. Nobody can touch his spot. You have Zaheer Khan, you have Sreenath. Recently Bhumrah, I can say. He’s done extremely well. Anil Kumble, all-time great spinner, and Harbhajan. These are the cricketers who come to my mind very much there,” the flamboyant all-rounder further said.
The 68-year-old all-rounder remains the only player in cricket's history to claim over 400 wickets (434) and accumulate more than 5000 runs in Tests.
After retiring in 1994, Dev became a national team coach and selector. In 2002, he was named "Indian Cricketer of the Century" by Wisden.