“If you are a big name, then you should play cricket like that”- Kapil Dev on Kohli, Rahul and Rohit


“If you are a big name, then you should play cricket like that”- Kapil Dev on Kohli, Rahul and Rohit

Kapil Dev, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma

Legendary former cricketer Kapil Dev said that current Indians players need to change their approach in T20 and get ready for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which will be played in October-November in Australia. He mentioned players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Shama, and KL Rahul to decide on their roles.

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“Reputation is quite big and maybe, the pressure is too much but that shouldn’t be the case. You have to play fearless cricket. All these players (Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul) can play at 150-160 strike rate. They are such big players, but when the time comes to score runs, they all get out. We say that you can take your time in the starting 8-10-12 balls, but you get out after playing 25 balls. When the time comes to take off, you get out and hence the pressure starts building on you. Either you become the anchor or the striker. That needs to be decided by the players or the team,” Kapil Dev said on Uncut YouTube channel.

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“The approach needs to change”- Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev
KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma

Kapil Dev then made a huge statement when he said that big players (Kohli, Rahul and Rohit) should play big or otherwise people will talk about it.

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“If you talk about KL Rahul, you need to talk to him about playing 20 overs and if he scores 80-90, then it is good enough. But if you play 20 overs, and you are coming back 60 not out then you are not doing justice to the team,” he added.

“I think the approach needs to change, if it doesn’t, then you would have to change the players. If they are big players, then they need to have a big impact on the team. You are not big just because of the name, but need to be big on performances. If you are a big name, then you should play cricket like that. Otherwise, we are here to talk about it.”

India will play five T20I matches against South Africa from June 9 in Delhi.

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