IPL 2023: Kapil Dev Makes Bold Comment On Players Playing In Global T20 Leagues

Updated - 09 Oct 2022, 04:28 PM

Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev. Pic Credits: Twitter

Heralded as one of the best cricketers of his generation, India’s ’83 World Cup hero Kapil Dev has seen the game evolve over time. However, the veteran cricketer made a bold remark surrounding T20 league like IPL. Kapil opined that these tournaments demand a lot from players and that cricketers should not be playing the sport if they feel ‘pressured’.

As a guest on the ‘Champions of Aakash 2022’ program, organised by E-learning platform BYJU’s, Kapil Dev spoke about how the times have changed in modern cricket as compared to the days when he used to play.

Kapil Dev. Photo- Getty
Kapil Dev. Photo- Getty

Kapil Dev emphasises there’s can’t be pressure if there’s enjoyment

“I had a passion to play. That was the difference. I would change the subject slightly. I hear a lot on TV these days. People say ‘there’s pressure, we play IPL, there’s a lot of pressure’. I only say one thing, ‘don’t play’. What is this pressure? If you are passionate, there shouldn’t be any pressure,” he said in the program.

Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev. Image-PTI

“These ‘American words’ have come, be it pressure or depression. I don’t understand this. I am a farmer. That’s where I have come from. We played for enjoyment and where there’s enjoyment, there can’t be pressure,he further said.

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