Legendary Cricket player Kapil Dev shares his appreciation for the Indian players after the 10 wins but also points out that excess excitement can sometimes lead to dissatisfaction. Australia gave their best in the finals of World Cup 2023 and winning for the seventh time, Kapil conceded that the final day was not ours.
Kapil Dev also said that fans of the Indian cricket team should stop creating so much pressure and treat Cricket only as another sport. It is common in every game for one team to win and another to lose. One should accept it instead of cursing the players. As the famous cricketer said, “Don’t keep so much hope that people end up with broken hearts. We need to keep a balance. Other teams also came to India to compete in the World Cup. We shouldn’t create so much hype. We need to look at sports as sports only. Whoever plays well on the day, we need to respect that. We are too emotional.”
Kapil Dev talks about the Indian Cricket Team
It is very overwhelming to see India winning 10 consecutive matches in the World Cup 2023, but the final match was in Australia’s favour as they swiftly pulled it off and came out as champions. For the past 10 years, India has lost seven knock-out games out of eight ICC tournaments that they took part in between 2014 to 2023.
Kapil Dev said, “I think it’s better to ask today’s players how much pressure they feel while playing. They can describe it in a better way.” He further added, “If India was the champion then it would have been a great reason for celebration but there are shortcomings which we need to address. It is not that you won’t have shortcomings after a win. What’s most important is to rectify them.”
Kapil Dev also talked about PM Narendra Modi’s sweet gesture of visiting the Indian team at the dressing room and consoling the players after the final loss in Ahmedabad on 19 November. “If the Prime Minister doesn’t encourage, who will? He is the No.1 man in the country and if he supports, it feels good,” he said.
Despite the loss in the finals, Virat Kohli managed to grab the 2023 World Cup as his own by making his 50th ODI century overtaking Sachin Tendulkar, his ideal.
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