The 1983 World Cup winner, who holds the world record for most Test wickets at any one time, has only been watching cricket occasionally of late. However, he is excited to see the depths of India’s fast bowling reserves and has suggestions for “great talent” Hardik Pandya.
“Incredible. I never thought 20-30 years ago we could have so many fast bowlers, and fast bowlers who could become the best bowlers in the world. You could say they are some of the best in the world – (Jasprit) Bumrah , (Mohammed) Shami and Bhuvneshwar (Kumar). I thought it was great, “Kapil, 62, told IANS as he played nine holes in Delhi Golf Club to raise funds for the operation of poor children with congenital heart defects.
“When I started playing cricket, fast bowlers were new. Now we have so many. If our three fast bowlers don’t play, then the next three players can replace them and win games for the team,” he added.
Since Kapil retired in 1994, India has been looking for fast paced bowling. The search has yet to come to fruition and India is currently pinning hopes on Pandya to become an all-round bowling athlete who can have a long international career.
Current Captain India Virat kohli said recently that Pandya’s workload needs to be well managed ahead of their long tour of England which will see India play the World Test Championship final against New Zealand apart from playing five Test matches against the hosts.
Kapil feels that Pandya, who has been struggling with back injuries and rarely plays ball lately, still has a long way to go before proving himself.
“I think he has to go a long way. He is a great talent and a very good cricketer. He has to work on his fitness,” said Kapil.
Kapil said he hasn’t watched cricket much lately and hasn’t followed India’s recent exploits closely to be able to comment on them.
“The only time I watch cricket carefully and analytically is when I have to talk about it on television and news channels. Otherwise, I just see it as a person watching cricket. I don’t think about it. I just enjoy the game,” he said.
Kapil, who was with Imran Khan from Pakistan, Richard Hadley from New Zealand and from England Ian Botham formed a legendary all-around quartet in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s, played 131 Test matches and 225 ODI and said he felt fine after his recovery. He added that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has proven to be a learning experience.
“Great, very good. God is good. I am kicking it. It (the Covid-19 pandemic) is not difficult. It is a positive thing. This is something in this world that no one has ever experienced. Not bad. A lesson learned. , “said Kapil.