Legendary allrounder and world cup winning captain Kapil Dev has questioned Indian cricket team’s current policy of making frequent changes to their Playing XI blaming the resulting insecurity among players affecting their on-field performance. Also Read - New Zealand Cricketers Reach Home After IPL 2021 Suspension, Second Group Lands Safely
Citing the example of KL Rahul, Kapil said he’s been in form in limited-overs cricket but isn’t part of Test setup which doesn’t make sense. Also Read - IPL 2021 Points Table Today Latest After PBKS vs DC, Match 29: Delhi Capitals Claim No.1 Spot After Win Over Punjab Kings; Shikhar Dhawan Swells Lead in IPL Orange Cap List
“I do not understand,” Kapil told ABP News. “There is a lot of difference between when we played and what is happening now. When you build a team, you have to give confidence to players. When there are so many changes made, it does not make sense.” Also Read - IPL 2021 Today Match Report, PBKS vs DC Scorecard: Shikhar Dhawan Stars in Delhi Capitals' Dominant Seven-Wicket Win Over Punjab Kings
He added, “Management believes in format-specific players. Rahul is in great form, he is sitting out, it does not make sense. I believe when a player is in form, he needs to play.”
India were handed a 10-wicket thrashing by New Zealand in the first Test in Wellington that concluded on the fourth day itself. Commenting on India’s performance, Kapil said, “If we analyse this match critically, well, I do not understand how one can make so many changes. There is a new team in almost every match. No one in the team is permanent, if there is no security over your place, it will affect the form of the players.”
He said the Indian team, despite being present in New Zealand for almost a month now, have failed to get a hang of conditions and need to go back to the drawing table. “Such big names in the batting order, if you cannot score even 200 runs in 2 innings, you have not been able to conquer conditions. You have to focus more on planning and strategy,” he said.
He did praise New Zealand for their performance as they excelled across departments to beat the top-ranked India, handing them their first defeat of the ongoing ICC World Test Championship. “We have to praise New Zealand, they are playing very good cricket. The three ODIs and this Test match, they have been excellent,” he said.