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Virat has a long way to go: Kapil

Kapil Dev

Jaipur: The comparisons are bound to come, but India's 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev has said that it is too early to compare Virat Kohli's Test captaincy to that of his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni's.

Kapil has said that Kohli is still very new to the leadership role and has a long way to go.

"Baap baap hota hain aur beta beta hota hain," was Kapil's witty reply when asked who is a better captain between Dhoni and his successor in Tests.

"There is a still long way to go before Kohli, the captain, matches the achievements of Dhoni. Having said that, Kohli has been doing great as a batsman and I am sure he will be equally good as India's captain," Kapil said on the sidelines of a promotional.

India go into the four-match Test series against South Africa having lost the T20I and ODI contests. Kapil said the outcome of the series will depend on the kind of pitches prepared.

"India will do well if the pitches are prepared keeping their strength in mind. That is to have good batting wickets that also offer assistance to the spinners. It will be tough to win if the curators end up preparing surfaces that suit South Africa."

And for having this point of view, it wasn't a surprise that he came out in support of India's team director Ravi Shastri after his alleged spat with Wankhede's consultant curator Sudhir Naik, post India's embarrassing defeat in the fifth ODI.

"I am with Ravi on what happened... It was 2-2, the series was on the line and we should have had the pitch that suited India. But that wasn't the case. There is nothing wrong if the home team captain wants a pitch of his choice," reasoned Kapil. (PTI)


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