Former captain hails Dravid's leadership November 17, 2005

Too much experimentation can backfire, says Kapil

PTI



Kapil Dev: 'Rahul Dravid has led the side well and has responded to the added responsibility in a positive manner' © Getty Images

Kapil Dev, the former Indian captain, has warned that too many experiments with team composition and strategy could have an adverse impact on the Indian team's performance.

"Changes are good when they are made in small doses," said Kapil, "Too much experimentation could leave the team vulnerable and it may not know what hit them when things go against them. " The most important thing, according to Kapil, was to continue winning as it was a very good habit to have and would instill confidence in the side.

Expressing happiness at the series win over Sri Lanka, he said the important thing now was to preserve the winning momentum. "Rahul Dravid has led the side well and has responded to the added responsibility in a positive manner," he said. "Not only has his personal form been good, but he has also succeeded in getting the best out of the other members of the side. He has led the side with passion and maturity but he needs to continue winning matches for India."

Referring to the continued absence of Sourav Ganguly from the team, Kapil said that he needed to work harder to make a comeback. "He is a determined and stubborn cricketer and can definitely come back if he is ready for the challenge," Kapil continued. "However, it is a good sign that senior players like Sourav and Zaheer Khan, who have proved their mettle at the highest level, are struggling to find a place in the side."

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