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Modest Kapil gives Dhoni charge of his greatest all-time Indian ODI team

August 15, 2013 18:16 IST

Modest Kapil gives Dhoni charge of his greatest all-time Indian ODI team

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The legendary Kapil Dev has shocked us with his modesty.

The former India captain has decided to keep himself "out" of the best-ever Indian ODI line-up which he feels should be led by another limited overs legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The 1983 World Cup wining captain’s team features the name of Saurashtra all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja while Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble are the other two spinners.

Apart from Dhoni, the team has iconic Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Azharuddin while Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath are the two fast bowlers.


Image: MS Dhoni
Photographs: Gareth Coopley/Getty Images

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'People can disagree with me but that's my personal view'

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Kapil can walk into any Indian team on a given day but he kept himself out. Interestingly, Kapil didn't select a single member of the victorious 1983 sqaud.

Kapil said: "I feel this is India's best ODI team. People can disagree with me but that's my personal view."

"Furthermore, I am selecting the side so how can I include myself in it," he said when asked to hand pick India's best ODI team.

"We won the 1983 World Cup but the fact remains that West Indies were by far the better side. We were just confident of doing well on that given day."


Image: Kapil Dev
Photographs: David Cannon/Getty Images

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'Dhoni-led team which won the Champions Trophy in England is best-ever'

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Kapil reiterated that the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team which won the Champions Trophy in England this year is the best-ever team in the history of Indian cricket.

"The team did not have key players like Sehwag, (Gautam) Gambhir, Zaheer but the way they played nobody missed them.

West Indies is still missing the likes of Viv Richards, Desmond Haynes," he said.

"I have never seen such outstanding fielding side in the history of Indian cricket. The Champions Trophy title is the ultimate tribute to this team."


Image: The India squad celebrate
Photographs: Michael Steele/Getty Images

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Words of appreciation for Shikhar Dhawan

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Kapil had words of appreciation for India's new batting sensation Shikhar Dhawan and compared the hard-hitting left-hander to Sehwag.

"Shikhar has been outstanding from his very first match.

I had never thought there would be someone who can hit the ball better than Sehwag," he said.

With the present Indian team sporting a settled look, Kapil feels it would be tough for seniors like Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj and Zaheer to make a comeback.

"Nothing is impossible but they need to have patience.

The competition would be tough because and the age is also not in their favour," he said.

Kapil All-time XII: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Mohammed Azharuddin, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan. 12th Man: Ravindra Jadeja.


Image: Shikhar Dhawan
Photographs: Michael Steele/Getty Images

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