June 5, 2008

Indian cricket

Kapil speak

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

Despite having been embroiled in many controversies; the man who still is a folklore hero, has not lost his bearings. Twenty five years after leading India to a heady World Cup triumph Kapil Dev chats with the Hindustan Times' Pradeep Magazine on the cricket establishment, the IPL and more.

Kapil is nothing if not pragmatic and his run-ins with the board are well documented. But he does not care and believes that a time will come after a decade or so when the players' voice will become powerful. And he thinks it has to do with the players getting richer and richer. “When I started playing, I could see that the earlier generation was frustrated. So, probably was mine, but once the money comes in and the players are no longer dependent on the largesse of the Board for making a living, a change will take place.”

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Siddhartha Vaidyanathan is a former assistant editor at Cricinfo

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