Former India batsman Kris Srikkanth has said Virat Kohli and Kapil Dev’s approach to the game are similar. Recalling Kapil Dev’s captaincy, he said Kohli as well as his former teammate wear their hearts on their sleeves. Kris Srikkanth said both the men are driven by their passion to win.
Kapil Dev is one of the most decorated players in the history of the game. Under him, India won their first-ever World Cup in 1983 against all the odds. Not many would have backed India to go the distance in the tournament let alone winning it. However, Kapil Dev led his team remarkably well and scripted history. The Kapil Dev-led side defeated the mighty West Indies in the final at the Lord’s.
“Virat Kohli and Kapil Dev’s approach are the same. Positive and aggressive. Go for the win first,” Kris Srikkanth said on Cricket Connected – ‘Aattam Thodarum’ on Star Sports 1 Tamil.
Virat Kohli is also creating his own legacy in the game. He looks set to retire from the game as one of the most decorated batsmen of all time. Widely regarded as the best player at present, Virat Kohli is yet to lead India to win in an ICC tournament but his record as captain is really impressive.
Further on the show, 1983 World Cup-winning member Kris Srikkanth along with Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and host Bhavna Balakrishnan discuss how the World Cup inspired an entire generation to take up the sport and put India on the world map.
“At that time, they were saying our odds of winning were 1 in 1000. But Kapil Dev was the main man behind that win. The guy has got a tremendous amount of confidence, self-belief and positive approach,” said Kris Srikkanth.
L Sivaramakrishnan, who burst onto the scene in the 1985 World Series in Australia, played under another great Sunil Gavaskar. Praising Gavaskar, Sivaramakrishnan said: “Gavaskar’s captaincy and his man management. I was only 19-years-old and I needed guidance and Gavaskar gave me that guidance perfectly.”