Champions Trophy: Kapil Dev backs Team India to defend title in England

Virat Kohli might have had a forgettable IPL 2017 season, but Kapil quashed all doubts raised on the Indian skipper's form.

By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: May 13, 2017, 11:36 AM IST
Champions Trophy: Kapil Dev backs Team India to defend title in England

New Delhi: In a few weeks from now, Virat Kohli-led Team India begin their Champions Trophy journey, hoping to defend their crown on English soil, and as far as the great Kapil Dev is concerned, the defending champions have what it takes to go all the way.

"It looks good the way India is playing for the past 5-7 years," Kapil Dev said. "It depends on how well they will apply themselves in the period. It is not easy to win any tournament. Do we have a team? We have. Depends on how they maintain themselves in that couple of weeks and keep pressure on the opponents."

Virat Kohli might have had a forgettable IPL 2017 season, but Kapil quashed all doubts raised on the Indian skipper's form.

"Even in Tests, people used to say if Virat does not score, India wouldn't win. Everybody is important, unfair to bring down other players. Does not matter if an individual is in form or not."

"I think the way India is playing they should be able to defend (the Champions Trophy title). Should not have any major injuries. Good part is that they won the last time," the former all-rounder said

Off topic and on a lighter note, the 1983 World Cup winning captain recounted how he had to strip for his wax statue to be completed.

"I had to take off my clothes -- didn't have to strip totally but it was weird. It's a new thought. I was more educated about how this is done," he observed.

"(It is) impossible to have another Kapil Dev. But there will be better Kapils, 100s more. (Ravichandran) Ashwin is an all-rounder. (Ravindra) Jadeja and (MS) Dhoni too are fab all-rounders. Anyone with more than one skill is a good all-rounder. I wish a fast bowler and batsman come out but this Indian team has enough players," he said.