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Rotate seniors to grow young players - Kapil

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Kapil Dev, the former India captain, has said the selectors need to rotate the seniors - Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman - in the Test team so that the younger players can be given opportunities without weakening the side too much.

"All three seniors - Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman - should not play together in a single Test," Kapil told Indian news channel Aaj Tak. "Two of them can play and one can be rested so that a youngster can be tested in his place. In this manner, we can give a chance to a talented youngster without taking too much risk and making too many changes all of a sudden."

Kapil also said the selectors needed to take tough calls and wanted an orderly phasing out of the senior players. "It is the selectors who will have to take a call on their retirement," he said. "A player never likes to retire. Selectors should see the bigger picture and take a tough decision. But, they [selectors] should do this while giving full respect to these seniors."

Tendulkar and Dravid are both 38, while Laxman is 37. Dravid was Man of the Series during the recent Tests in England, scoring 461 runs at an average of 76.83. Tendulkar and Laxman, though, had poor tours, averaging 34.12 and 22.75.

Sourav Ganguly, however, said retirement should not be forced on the senior players because India did not have the talent to replace them at the moment. "Players like Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman should decide on their own when it comes to taking a call on quitting the game," Ganguly said. "The day their performance drops, they will leave on their own."

Ganguly had retired from international cricket after the Test series against Australia at home in 2008, at a time when there was pressure on the seniors and an influx of youth in the Indian limited-overs sides. No batsman, however, has been able to fill the gap Ganguly left in Test middle-order, with neither Yuvraj Singh nor Suresh Raina cementing their spots.

"It is good to see youngsters perform so well in the shorter format but I am more worried about Tests," Ganguly said. "We haven't seen anyone who can challenge these seniors. Definitely, the time hasn't come to phase out seniors in Tests."

Kapil, however, disagreed with Ganguly's view. "Everyone knows that it is not going to be easy to find replacements for the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman. It is going to be extremely difficult. But youngsters, even though they might have failed in whatever chances they've got till now, have to be given another go.

"Actually the problem is not with their [youngsters'] talent. It is their poor fitness level that is letting them down," Kapil said. "Coach and selectors will have to play a big role in coming times. Youngsters should also learn to take pride in their cricket."

Former India allrounder Madan Lal seconded Kapil's view, saying the youngsters in the team lacked proper work ethic. He also said Suresh Raina, who averaged 13.12 in the four Tests in England, should not be persisted with.

"They [the youngsters] have to up their fitness levels. Players like [Virat] Kohli, [Cheteshwar] Pujara and Rohit [Sharma] will have to be given chances. I will not give another chance to Raina, though, as he has already wasted too many. Instead, Yuvraj [Singh], who hasn't got much opportunity in Tests, should be tested again."

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  • Pritt32 on September 23, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    India needs to urgently find a quality fast bowler who can support Z.Khan. England consistently scored over 400 runs in the test innings down to ordinary bowling. A committee is needed to spot potential talent and set up academies to nurture talent through world class mentoring and training facilities. It is time for selectors to drop bowlers like Kumar, R.Singh and M.Patel as they are well below the benchmark. India batmen struggled against quality English swing bowling. The batting did fire in one day internationals, but their bowling struggled to contain a powerful English batting line. India needs tracks to support and build fast bowlers. India batting will return to its best in the forthcoming series. Kapil is right to point out about adding youngsters as seniors over 35 will not hang around for forever. Seniors should decide when they want to retire as Ganguly correctly pointed out. India needs to direct emphasise on adding new blood and finding good bowlers.

  • Manoj76 on September 23, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    One thing is very crystal clear that we need one geniune Fastbowler Allrounder and One very Good Fast bowler. I think there should be committe form to search the talent in India. As batting I don't think we need to panic beacuse we have very good batsman like : Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma etc. So guys Instead giving chance to Vinay Kumar and Munaf Patel please invest in IRFAN PATHAN. If his confidence is retrieved than India will have good chance to retain their no 1 in near future.

  • bumsonseats on September 23, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    guys u must remember at 37 and 39 they may be able to bat. but they also have to field. that means either slip or as ST does the outfield. we saw in the england series dravid and laxman dropping sitters. and tendulkar misfielding and some cases not even not seeing a catch which nearly hitting him. you guys on here who are in their 40s think what you cannot do now which you could in your 20s. dpk

  • bumsonseats on September 23, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    great players they are but 2 are 38 and 1 is 37 get them out and introduce the young guys, it seems as the only way you will get rid of them is kicking and screaming. great players they were, but they are to old. you keep to accept that from the next test series play youth.you may get beat without them for a few years so what, you were just hammered with them. from a billion+ people you must beable to find 3 to take their places. dpk

  • A.Ak on September 22, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    If the selectors did that, Indian team will see themselves at the bottom of the ranking. You dont need to fail in the present by thinking too far ahead. India are lucky to have two all time greats at the same time, they should make sure they used their full potential before they go out. Cross the bridge when it comes your way.

  • Naresh28 on September 22, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Kapil's suggestion is good in that it will not compromise our already bad feilding. We know Laxman, Sachin and Dravid are great and can continue to be great, however some dropped catches e.g Dravid played a hand in our defeats in England. The "donkey" remark and the "miltary" medium remark still hurts me as a fan. I can only dream of another "Kapil" harrying the opposition. Please we need one or two fast pacey bowlers - this will give us vairiety - these days its more of a batsman's game and hence English fans will continue to taunt us cause they know our bowling lacks bite.

  • on September 22, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    All new Indan batsmen are coming to the international arena with a confidence.But bowlers are just opposit Good examples are Sudeep Tyagi & Umesh Yaadav.Umesh's attitude itself having a problem his body language is very poor I fealt,Sudeep Tyagi poor guy he not get that much opprtunities he got one in a flat pitch in SL. We should look to a bowler having good work ethic and body language that is Pradeep Sangwan,he was the hights wicket taker in the recently concluded BCCI Cop. Tournament still not included in the 15 of KKR,I fealt same with Abu Nechim Ahmad good bowler,not inluded in the MI team.Another one is YO mahesh he is the top Wicket taker in Buchi babu toyrnament still not included in the chennai SK 15 ..Infact no indian pacer is included in the CSK 15...!

  • BabaKR on September 22, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Kapil Dev who continued to extend his career (bowling at half the pace) just to reach a record has no locusstandi whatsoever to comment on how players like Sachin, Rahul and Laxman should be rotated. All three of them are highly responsible cricketers who are well aware of the needs of Indian Cricket and Iam sure they will play only if they are confident that they would contribute to their potential. The Selectors, Team Management and Captain are the right combination to decide on such matters.

  • on September 21, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    The comments expressed by Nadan Nadkarni is quite apt. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the 3 seniors mentioned. They can rise to any occassion and it has been proved time and again in the last two decades. The problem that we have on hand now is the "lack of quality bowlers"and the inability of the Indian team to take 20 wickets. This is the root of the problem. Ganguly's comments are absolutely correct. Dravid, Sachin and VVS are not only great cricketers but also wonderful human beings. When they realise their inability to add value to the team they will leave. They are not here for money!!

  • Nampally on September 21, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    Despite expert POV from Kapil, Ganguly & Madan, nothing is wrong with seniors playing as long as they perform & are physically fit. If Indian team had arrived in England 4 weeks ahead of the first game + camp & practice facilities set up, the results of the Tests & the ODI series would have shown India as winners. The Indian team is stiil good enough to beat England, provided the key players are physically fit.The team itself should have included guys like Ojha, Rahul Sharma instead of RP Singh & Vinay Kumar in ODI's and Rahana & Parthiv instead of Mukund & Saha in tests.When there are as many as 10 injured players, the physical fitness program has gone awry. If England had 10 of their Key players missing,the results would have been reversed.India will beat England next month, if the injured guys are fit & ready.I suspect Gambhir, Sehwag, Zaheer,Yuvraj Will Not be ready with no physical condition monitoring in place- urgent need. India alsoneed to develop bowlers urgently for future

  • Pritt32 on September 23, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    India needs to urgently find a quality fast bowler who can support Z.Khan. England consistently scored over 400 runs in the test innings down to ordinary bowling. A committee is needed to spot potential talent and set up academies to nurture talent through world class mentoring and training facilities. It is time for selectors to drop bowlers like Kumar, R.Singh and M.Patel as they are well below the benchmark. India batmen struggled against quality English swing bowling. The batting did fire in one day internationals, but their bowling struggled to contain a powerful English batting line. India needs tracks to support and build fast bowlers. India batting will return to its best in the forthcoming series. Kapil is right to point out about adding youngsters as seniors over 35 will not hang around for forever. Seniors should decide when they want to retire as Ganguly correctly pointed out. India needs to direct emphasise on adding new blood and finding good bowlers.

  • Manoj76 on September 23, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    One thing is very crystal clear that we need one geniune Fastbowler Allrounder and One very Good Fast bowler. I think there should be committe form to search the talent in India. As batting I don't think we need to panic beacuse we have very good batsman like : Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma etc. So guys Instead giving chance to Vinay Kumar and Munaf Patel please invest in IRFAN PATHAN. If his confidence is retrieved than India will have good chance to retain their no 1 in near future.

  • bumsonseats on September 23, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    guys u must remember at 37 and 39 they may be able to bat. but they also have to field. that means either slip or as ST does the outfield. we saw in the england series dravid and laxman dropping sitters. and tendulkar misfielding and some cases not even not seeing a catch which nearly hitting him. you guys on here who are in their 40s think what you cannot do now which you could in your 20s. dpk

  • bumsonseats on September 23, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    great players they are but 2 are 38 and 1 is 37 get them out and introduce the young guys, it seems as the only way you will get rid of them is kicking and screaming. great players they were, but they are to old. you keep to accept that from the next test series play youth.you may get beat without them for a few years so what, you were just hammered with them. from a billion+ people you must beable to find 3 to take their places. dpk

  • A.Ak on September 22, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    If the selectors did that, Indian team will see themselves at the bottom of the ranking. You dont need to fail in the present by thinking too far ahead. India are lucky to have two all time greats at the same time, they should make sure they used their full potential before they go out. Cross the bridge when it comes your way.

  • Naresh28 on September 22, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Kapil's suggestion is good in that it will not compromise our already bad feilding. We know Laxman, Sachin and Dravid are great and can continue to be great, however some dropped catches e.g Dravid played a hand in our defeats in England. The "donkey" remark and the "miltary" medium remark still hurts me as a fan. I can only dream of another "Kapil" harrying the opposition. Please we need one or two fast pacey bowlers - this will give us vairiety - these days its more of a batsman's game and hence English fans will continue to taunt us cause they know our bowling lacks bite.

  • on September 22, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    All new Indan batsmen are coming to the international arena with a confidence.But bowlers are just opposit Good examples are Sudeep Tyagi & Umesh Yaadav.Umesh's attitude itself having a problem his body language is very poor I fealt,Sudeep Tyagi poor guy he not get that much opprtunities he got one in a flat pitch in SL. We should look to a bowler having good work ethic and body language that is Pradeep Sangwan,he was the hights wicket taker in the recently concluded BCCI Cop. Tournament still not included in the 15 of KKR,I fealt same with Abu Nechim Ahmad good bowler,not inluded in the MI team.Another one is YO mahesh he is the top Wicket taker in Buchi babu toyrnament still not included in the chennai SK 15 ..Infact no indian pacer is included in the CSK 15...!

  • BabaKR on September 22, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Kapil Dev who continued to extend his career (bowling at half the pace) just to reach a record has no locusstandi whatsoever to comment on how players like Sachin, Rahul and Laxman should be rotated. All three of them are highly responsible cricketers who are well aware of the needs of Indian Cricket and Iam sure they will play only if they are confident that they would contribute to their potential. The Selectors, Team Management and Captain are the right combination to decide on such matters.

  • on September 21, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    The comments expressed by Nadan Nadkarni is quite apt. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the 3 seniors mentioned. They can rise to any occassion and it has been proved time and again in the last two decades. The problem that we have on hand now is the "lack of quality bowlers"and the inability of the Indian team to take 20 wickets. This is the root of the problem. Ganguly's comments are absolutely correct. Dravid, Sachin and VVS are not only great cricketers but also wonderful human beings. When they realise their inability to add value to the team they will leave. They are not here for money!!

  • Nampally on September 21, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    Despite expert POV from Kapil, Ganguly & Madan, nothing is wrong with seniors playing as long as they perform & are physically fit. If Indian team had arrived in England 4 weeks ahead of the first game + camp & practice facilities set up, the results of the Tests & the ODI series would have shown India as winners. The Indian team is stiil good enough to beat England, provided the key players are physically fit.The team itself should have included guys like Ojha, Rahul Sharma instead of RP Singh & Vinay Kumar in ODI's and Rahana & Parthiv instead of Mukund & Saha in tests.When there are as many as 10 injured players, the physical fitness program has gone awry. If England had 10 of their Key players missing,the results would have been reversed.India will beat England next month, if the injured guys are fit & ready.I suspect Gambhir, Sehwag, Zaheer,Yuvraj Will Not be ready with no physical condition monitoring in place- urgent need. India alsoneed to develop bowlers urgently for future

  • on September 21, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    we need fast bowlers to take 20 wickets. Guys who can bowl at 140+ period. Without fast bowlers we can never win test matches. Unfortunately mediocre bowlers like praveen kumar, munaf patel and vinay kumar are persisted with. It has an anamoly that India become no 1 without a quality pace attackā€¦however this was exposed in england.

  • spinkingKK on September 21, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    For those of who argue that we still haven't got a replacement for these 3 batsmen, we still haven't found a suitable replacement for Gavaskar. The poor guy was at the peak of his career at 39 when he retired. In his last test match, he was the man of the match! So, surely he could have been persisted with. India struggled too much after his retirement until they found Sehwag. But, it is unavoidable. But, when there are 3 of those Gavaskar's in the side, then the selectors have to work hard to make a smooth phase out period. Indian selectors have failed in that. Vengsarkar was on the right path. But, when Srikanth came, he changed the path, probably because he knew how he felt when he was dropped. Vengsarkar didn't bother with selectors dropping him. He admitted, after a disastrous Australian tour, that he was not good enough anymore and wanted to quit. He will still be remembered for his heroics when he was the captain.

  • Nampally on September 21, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Physical fitness is the key to success in any sport. All Cricketers should be made aware of this by tough standards set for fitness in team selection. Raina & Kohli are 2 outstanding fielders in the Indian side who deserve a place for fielding alone. Munaf & Zaheer are examples of poorfitness.The selectors have set a bad precedent by selecting Sehwag for England tour even though he was unfit. This was an attrocious mistake by Srikanth & Co.Why not include P.Patel instead of Saha in the first place, who is the additional opener? India must focus for the next 5 years on developing 4 good fast bowlers from 1.2 Billion population. This is more important than BCCI making a profit of $39 Million.Every expert has his own POV but India cannot be a dominant nation in Cricket unless it has bowling.batting & fielding + physical fitness.The immediate focus should be on developing bowling first besides physical fitness before we talk of replacing senior players.We talk a lot with little ACTION.

  • Ravi_kumar_Kinnera on September 21, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Hello so called seniors, please stop giving comments on retirements of SRT, Dravid and Laxman. India has had many talented batsmen. What India need is a good bowling group. Please think about this try to get some young talent who has bowling ability. Also please concentrate on bowling all rounder's not batting all rounders. We need at least four bowling all rounders from both spin and pace bowling departments. India is loosing matches only because of bad bowling. Other teams are able to score very huge runs even in bowling wickets again India. The bowling needs to be sorted out to become a number one team in the world.

  • Raj12345 on September 21, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    oh. Madan Lal, don't talk about Suresh Raina. he is so powerful in indian cricket since tie up Dhoni. It is not only test. Most people know that Raina started playing occasionally in ODI too. but no one can touch him.

  • Lord_Dravid on September 21, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    for the love of indian cricket the incompetent indian selectors like srikkant and co need to be sacked forthwith and replaced with past indian players like kumble kapli or ganguly for the interst of maintaing dignity within the indian team. i totally agree with kapils rotation policy whereby giving one youngster is given a chance in place of one senoir in future test matches. rahane pujara and kohli are fab cricketers and need to be given a chance without a doubt!

  • on September 21, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    Guys no need to attack Kapil here. I feel what Kapil is saying is really good. Keep the fab 3 as long as possible while rotating them. This will increase their longevity as well as give the chance for youngsters to play with them and learn from them. We know that the Fab 3 will have to retire someday. If we don't start grooming their replacement we will be in big trouble down the road. Fab 3 should be experienced enough by now to not let their rhythm or ego bruised because of missing a test or two here and there. It is time we start putting the good of Indian cricket ahead of individuals.

  • RFeynman on September 21, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    @spinkingKK: I don't agree with you about age being a criteria for performance. If we had youngsters performing at the same level but deprived because of lack of opportunities, it is a different matter altogether. But as we saw in the WI tour and in the Eng tour, people like Raina, Kohli and Mukund have clearly not graduated to test level. I won't include Rohit Sharma because he comes across as an extremely laid back person for his age. Far too often, he has flattered only to deceive in ODIs.

    Moreover, the people you want to quit are perhaps the greatest batsman of India. You cannot replace them for one or two bad series when they have performed consistently over the past 30 odd series spread over a decade. Ganguly is right, when you have played cricket at that level for so long, it speaks volumes of your work ethic. Like Kumble and Ganguly, they will know when it is their time to hang their boots.

  • on September 21, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    I agree with kapil....all he wants is that seniors may groom their replacement before they quit...they will have to quit someday for being on the wrong side of 30's...they will at most play for a couple of years ...let this be final service by these legends for India..

  • AlexPrabu on September 21, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    The fab 3 of indian batting SRT,RD and VVS should be allowed to decide about their timing of retirement. after years of yeoman service to the country they definitely deserve this. it's really ridiculous to see the comments of kapil dev. eventhough he was a great cricketer in his time, he unnecessarily prolonged his career for the sake of world record for the highest number of wickets. everybody in india knows this. let him just give constructive sugesstions for the betterment of indian cricket. he comments on the retirement of seniors are toally unwarranted.

  • DevKumkar on September 21, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Team India never really had big problems with batting in all formats of the game, its Bowling which need to improve a lot. legends, ex players and selectors need to discuss more on bowling department than batting. why cant India produce fast bowlers likes of styen, lee , akram etc , why cant Indian bowlers bowl more than 140 km/hr consistently, why no variety in our bowling lineup & same names comes again and again. these are the question BCCI should think more and produce some quality bowlers who can take 20 wickets to win Test match. 100% agree with Gangully's statement on seniors haven't found young batsmen to replace them yet, need to grow Rohit / Rahane /Kohali etc in Test format.

  • Er-.S.R.shankar on September 21, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Kapil's diatribe asking selectors to spell the retirement for 3 seniors is in bad taste with utter diregard for their yeomen service to Indian cricket for 15 years--[Has it got to do anytihing with the past when Kapil was the coach ] All of them are gentlemen unlike the contemporaries of Kapil and they would never stay even for a day if they think that they could not contribute anymore-If Dravid wished he could have extended his ODI career after his recall- Sachin and Laxman had one bad series. They were the saviours of Indian cricket in 2010 & Rahul was a revelation in fitness and performance-Any way they were not worse than the youngsters who were given chance. Justice demands that Laxman should be given another run Even for Ganguly the retirement was imposed on him unjustifiably He knows the pain That is why he says that the Fab3 themselves should take their call Pl. do not insult the legends. Kapil you too are one.But after your comments my regards for you has taken a beating

  • indianzen on September 21, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    India has never had a iconic bowler since ages after the Kapil Dev's Era - Bowlers have been in and out of the team. youngsters aim and practice only based on their icons. We have seen many junior players who wanted to play like sachin, Laxman and Dravid, but no one wanted to bowl like Zaheer or Nehra... the search goes on and on but no one to be found...

  • on September 21, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Mr.Kapil,I always heard of your heroics in the 1983 WC win and admired you for that.But seeing your selfishness to break a record in the later years of your career,your decision to leave the team as the coach in the darkest hour and your involvement in ICL which led to all these IPL,BBL,CL etc I'm sorry to say that I've lost all respect for you.Above all you have making a fool of yourself by going on pursuing a hate campaign against foreign coaches by obsessing with Jimmy Amarnath and all your loose talk about the team.Looks like age has caught up with you for good.

  • samya1980 on September 21, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    well, kapil's era and sourav's era are different,sourav retired a few years ago whereas kapil's nearly 2 decades.sourav,understandably, will have more sympathy for his colleagues than kapil.both were forced to take retirement but kapil's performance were very poor compared to sourav's.till today we do not have an exact replacement of kapil,but during his retirement time srinath or venky were good than a low performed kapil.sachin,lax,rahul still performing well nd there forms are not dipping.

  • Truemans_Ghost on September 21, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    As a couple of posters have said already, nobody knows more about hanging around too long than Kapil Dev! Superb in his prime, a bit sorry by his retirement. I think Ganguly is about right. There are some players who are just undroppable. Tendulkar is one, ponting is another, they just have to make the decision themselves. Dravid, I think is less likely to hang on too long. Laxman, great player though he is, isn't in that "undroppable" bracket.

  • VEGHA on September 21, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    The problem we saw during england tour is weak bowling.Pakistan is able to produce some fast bowlers where as India is not able to produce good bowling unit.We have MRF academy but still we are not able to get 2 or 3 fast bowlers.

    Our main strength is Spin and in this area also we are not able to get good bowlers.Harbhajan is also not consistent and we must have like Kumble.

    Batting ofcourse is small worry and during england series almost all batsman not done well except Dravid.The problem is we are not able to play in theiir condition.We must have every year tour to england and also I would like to suggest to send some batsman to england for training.

  • ravi_hari on September 21, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    I would agree with Kapil. India never had a thorough plan for youngsters. If they had talent and desire to perform they stay otherwise they fade out. We have never planned a place for any individual. Why Kapil is talking about only batting is that it was our batting failures, barring Dravid that cost us the series in England. You cannot comment on bowling as you never had a complete and fit bowling attack anytime during the series. So, the point Kapil and Madan lal stressed upon is true. Fitness gives that extra confidence to the player and will spur him to stretch that extra bit to outperform the opposition. Indians were physically and mentally unfit in England. I feel even Dhoni and Sachin were carrying injuries. As Kapil suggested, if we play a Rahane with Gambhir and Pujara with Dravid and Sachin they can learn a lot and can grow in confidence. Laxman can come in when we play Aussies and South Africans to teach younsters how to attack quality bowlers on bouncy tracks. Hari Ravi

  • spinkingKK on September 21, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    With all due respect to Dravid's performance in England, I beleived Dravid should have been retired couple of years ago. When he doesn't perform at a certain age, one has to go. There is no question of whether they still have it in them. They may very well have. They can perform if you give them another couple of years. Ganguly may have won the England series for us if he was allowed to keep playing. Even Gavaskar would have done a great job as opener in that series. But, do we need old players in the team? Tendulkar never really gave us any hint that he was struggling up until the England series. So, I won't question his abilities for another couple more series. If he generally struggles in them as well, then one has to drop him or get him to retire. He could perform and get a man of the series if you give him another couple of tours. But, we would have wasted precious time of nurturing a young player by then. Same applies to Laxman. As to Dravid, I don't have anything to say.

  • ibbani on September 21, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Dravid has his timing very well in any form of cricket as well as his retirement. We could see his timing when he was selected for England tour. No wonder he is the best batsman in any form of cricket even now but the selectors branded him as test player.But everyone knows how he played in IPL. So Kapil, I respect your performance, but until you took your 432nd wicket which was a long wait, you also did not go. it was just like a push to the end

  • Sharath274 on September 21, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Kapil has got a point here. Cannot see all 3 playing after 2 years.. may be 1 or 2 or even all 3 wud retire by then.. but I dont agree to his view that selectors shud decide when they have to go.. the 3 have played enough to know when they shud stop. We may be able to find replacements for them in Indian conditions; Raina being a typical example.But who will fill their boots in overseas matches is a tough question. Among the junior players, Pujara and Kohli seem to be the best options as of now. If Rohit can take his cricket more seriously then he too.. Rahane from what ever we saw in eng, looks promising. It would be worth while to invest in them plus a few more who show good promise in Dom circuit. try and get them a county stint along with some exposure to bouncy wickets like Aus or NZ.. then we can gauge them better.

  • DINESHCC on September 21, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    Mr.KAPIL DEV: FIRST OF ALL YOU GIVE THE ALTERNATE PLAYERS IN THE PLACES OF SACHIN, DRAVID AND LAXMAN. INDIA IS STILL FACINING PROBLEMS FOR THE 6TH SLOT (I.E.) THE PLACE OF SAURAV GANGULY. BADRI, RAINA, YUVRAJ, PUJARA, KOHLI, VIJAY, ROHIT SHARMA AND MANY MORE TRIED. BUT SO FAR THERE IS NO PERMANENT PLAYER FOR THE 6TH SLOT. IN THAT EVENT IF SACHIN, LAXMAN AND DRAVID ALSO RETIRED, WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

  • on September 21, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    whoever plays for India (seniros/juniors/freshers)india are sure to meet a lot of failure in the near future AWAY from home.they may still trounce WI or even England at home BUT. and for heavens sake lets sake Bhajji does not sneak back to the test squad via these series....India are gonna be buried down under in December. considering how well we have played there in the last decade (2k3 and 2k7/8)its really sad..but it has to happen and will hapen..hopefully we will at least get a couple of finds from that tour unlike Eng tour which was a ship wreck (save for Ajinkya Rahane..hopefully)

  • on September 21, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    our ACTUAL PROBLEM is with BOWLIG and also there is one spot in batting thats position no 6 which no youngster have yet been filled but still we talk about replacing top ranked indian current(senior) test batsmen.

  • on September 21, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    players like pujara, rahane , kohli and mukund will replace sehwag sachin laxman and dravid........

  • on September 21, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Among DLT, Laxman is not as technically sound as Dravid or Tendulkar and most physically vulnerable with the new rule of not allowing runners. Hence Laxman could retire this year to free up 2 batting slots for youngsters. Dravid could overtake Kallis and Ponting as second highest century maker in tests while Tendulkar could set record which could stand for decades bringing joy to the people of India. Dravid especially and Tendulkar would now be the target of Ian Chappell.

  • on September 21, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Dear Kapil, I remember you as a Great Allrounder, particularly outshined in Bowling..why dont you speak about Bowlers??? I think its Bowling which we need to concentrate.... what are the youngsters doing there?? Question yourself before talking abt FAB 3 and Arun LoL sorry Arun Lal :P

  • on September 21, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    kapil lingered in the last phase of his career.he should had been retired atlest 15-20 test befare he actually did,and i see this happening with the so called big 3(srt,vvs,wall)

  • on September 21, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    i m totally shocked by kapil"s thought /..sachion . dravid and laxman r legends of the game and they only can decide when its time to say quit.......

  • cricarnab on September 21, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    I think, the best way forward for India should be to plan for each series separately. Series against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and West Indies (at home) should see a player like Tendulkar rested. Enough of seeing him score hundreds against these sides. Lets save him for bigger series. That opens up a test spot. Blood in Pujara and Rahane. Ask Kohli to play more 1st class cricket. And get more A tours with players like Kohli, Raina, Pujara, Rahane, Tiwari, Sharma to places like Ireland. They have a decent side and would love the opportunity to play first class fixtures with players of such calibre. Also, immediately blood in Ashwin and get him ready for Australian tour. He might be our trump card there as he is a Mendis type bowler

  • on September 21, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    one bad tour of england & kapil dev is suggesting selectors should decide the future of big 3 sooner than later to help future of indian cricket !! Just one bad series & questions were asked abt their form again & again r u kidding me... U knw i hav followd kapil dev very closely & he seems to b havin some prblms with senior cricketers esp srt evrytim smthng wrong happns he goes aftr him like anythng plus he's got a channel who endorses his evry view blindly... He is losing respect seriously we gav every youngster a chance who ever there was in indian cricket in england how many delivered? Very few so wudn't it be better to play virat raina abhinav along with sachin vvs rahul so that they can gain valuable experience or going without them???one bad tour of england & kapil dev is suggesting selectors should decide the future of big 3 sooner than later to help future of indian cricket !! Just one bad series & questions were asked abt their form again & again r u kidding me... U knw i hav

  • on September 21, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Yuvraj truly hasnt got much opportunity in tests.35 tests in 10 year career is not a big opportunity.Seniors should retire on their own.

  • Aravind_always on September 21, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    A stupid suggestion from Kapil.Dravid and Laxman plays only test matches and then how you rotate them.It will affect their performance too.First of all India need to find a batsman at no.6,a position which is vacant for 3 years..

  • Tatsache on September 21, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    strange no one talk about bowling....they need to replace batsmen....unnecessary talk....!

  • on September 21, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    I disagree with Kapil and few other people in the forum . I dont know about Sachin and Dravid certainly knows when to retire , he has proven that thrice !

    1.Leaving the captaincy 2.Not participating in T20 world cup 3.Giving up ODI place.

    so there.. take your own call.

  • arpzzz on September 21, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Look , Now Kapil is talking about Retirement. everybody knows that he took his 300th test wicket in year 1987, he was best bowler for India that time. After that he took 5 more years for his 400th wicket in 1992 and further 2 more year for his 434th wicket in 1994. After he got his 300th wicket he was totally ineffective with ball, He himself asked selectors to give him chances as he was near Hadley's world record of 432 wicket.He himself did not take retirement for 7 years. If I am wrong, plz check Legends of cricket video at Cricinfo website about Kapil dev. He is one of the best allrounder India produced, But he himself did not consider to retire.

  • on September 21, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    I am not fully agreed wid Sir Kapil Dev. No one can fill the place of the senors like Sachin & Dravid . We know what happened when one of them doesn't play in the tests. Today's genre has lack of technique & patience which is required in 5 day Test match. They just fall like cards when pressure comes. So, for the meantime, It is not to be recommended.

  • AjitNarayan on September 21, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    I agree with salam-india. The Indian batting needs to stay as strong as possible. India's "holy trinity" have had success in scoring runs in the last year, so there is no use in weakening the batting when you need to strengthen the bowling which is the main problem here.

  • on September 21, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    I hate comment Madan Lal's comment about our future Indian Captain Suresh Raina

  • AzyS on September 21, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    good suggestion by Kapil.. should be implemented for the good of indian cricket.. but sachin, dravid and laxman should not be asked to retire by the selectors.. they should retire when they want to.. they have earned it.. and the players who should be given atleast 10-15 tests to prove their mettle in test cricket are.. yuvraj,raina,virat,pujara,rohit sharma,rahane,yusuf pathan,ambati rayadu,manoj tiwary, umesh yadav, varun aaron, dhawal kulkarni, iqbal abdulla, jaydev unadkat, waseem jaffer, shikhar dhawan, parthiv patel, abu nechim, ashok dinda, r ashwin, a mukund, m vijay, w saha, s badrinath, d chahar, a menaria, valthaty, mithun, saurabh tiwary, manish pandey and many more... these are among the best in india.. lets have an india "a" team on the lines of england lions which will be a supply line for the national team..

  • Romenevans on September 21, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Okay! when will the time come then? After sachin's 100th 100? Oh Sourav! One more joins the hurdle! Who cares anyway, they will never retire. If you won't give them a chance to youngsters how will you come to know that they are good or not so good? Did Saurav, Sachin, Dravid and laxman joined the team with preloaded 45-50 avg. in their career stats? No! They were given the chance and then they performed. Time has come for seniors to make room for youngsters. Else after 3-4 years they will retire then new guys will join the team and then they will take 2-3 years to grow so that will be at least 6-7 years for newer generation and by the time all the fans will lose their hopes and interest from cricket and then only sachin saurav, dravid, laxman will watch them play from commentary box.

  • aus_sore_losers on September 21, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    no one can tell SRT WALL VVS when to retire...let them play as long as they want to...they are assets of our team, giving their very best all the time... and please ebough of raina in tests, he's good for limited overs cricket. give opportunities to Rahane, Pujara and Kohli instead...

  • vaidyar on September 21, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    "A player never likes to retire." Speak for yourself Kapil :)

  • Haleos on September 21, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    I respect Dada a lot but what he suggests wont work. The big 3 would never like to retire as long as they can as Kapi said. They should be phased out with dignity. If you leave it upto the players it wont work. very few of them retire with dignity in India. Unless new guys are tried how are we going to know if they succeed or fail. We are assuming they will definitely fail. Kapils approach would work better as we would have 2-3 players ready when this guys retire ventually.

  • on September 21, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Interesting to say Yuvraj hasn't had much opportunity compared to Raina when he was played 20 more tests!

  • on September 21, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Absolute Rubbish from Kapil Dev!!

  • salam-india on September 21, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    Sir..why you are talking about replacement of batsman?? now India need good bowlers and all rounders..India Defeat against England becuase of poor bowling like RP Singh

  • on September 21, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Rahane, Pujara ,Mukund and Kohli should be given more chances in Tests! Rohit's temperament is questionable! also bowlers like Deepak Chahar, Varun Aron should also be given chances ; people like Munaf Patel not really into Test standard!

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  • on September 21, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Rahane, Pujara ,Mukund and Kohli should be given more chances in Tests! Rohit's temperament is questionable! also bowlers like Deepak Chahar, Varun Aron should also be given chances ; people like Munaf Patel not really into Test standard!

  • salam-india on September 21, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    Sir..why you are talking about replacement of batsman?? now India need good bowlers and all rounders..India Defeat against England becuase of poor bowling like RP Singh

  • on September 21, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Absolute Rubbish from Kapil Dev!!

  • on September 21, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Interesting to say Yuvraj hasn't had much opportunity compared to Raina when he was played 20 more tests!

  • Haleos on September 21, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    I respect Dada a lot but what he suggests wont work. The big 3 would never like to retire as long as they can as Kapi said. They should be phased out with dignity. If you leave it upto the players it wont work. very few of them retire with dignity in India. Unless new guys are tried how are we going to know if they succeed or fail. We are assuming they will definitely fail. Kapils approach would work better as we would have 2-3 players ready when this guys retire ventually.

  • vaidyar on September 21, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    "A player never likes to retire." Speak for yourself Kapil :)

  • aus_sore_losers on September 21, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    no one can tell SRT WALL VVS when to retire...let them play as long as they want to...they are assets of our team, giving their very best all the time... and please ebough of raina in tests, he's good for limited overs cricket. give opportunities to Rahane, Pujara and Kohli instead...

  • Romenevans on September 21, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Okay! when will the time come then? After sachin's 100th 100? Oh Sourav! One more joins the hurdle! Who cares anyway, they will never retire. If you won't give them a chance to youngsters how will you come to know that they are good or not so good? Did Saurav, Sachin, Dravid and laxman joined the team with preloaded 45-50 avg. in their career stats? No! They were given the chance and then they performed. Time has come for seniors to make room for youngsters. Else after 3-4 years they will retire then new guys will join the team and then they will take 2-3 years to grow so that will be at least 6-7 years for newer generation and by the time all the fans will lose their hopes and interest from cricket and then only sachin saurav, dravid, laxman will watch them play from commentary box.

  • AzyS on September 21, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    good suggestion by Kapil.. should be implemented for the good of indian cricket.. but sachin, dravid and laxman should not be asked to retire by the selectors.. they should retire when they want to.. they have earned it.. and the players who should be given atleast 10-15 tests to prove their mettle in test cricket are.. yuvraj,raina,virat,pujara,rohit sharma,rahane,yusuf pathan,ambati rayadu,manoj tiwary, umesh yadav, varun aaron, dhawal kulkarni, iqbal abdulla, jaydev unadkat, waseem jaffer, shikhar dhawan, parthiv patel, abu nechim, ashok dinda, r ashwin, a mukund, m vijay, w saha, s badrinath, d chahar, a menaria, valthaty, mithun, saurabh tiwary, manish pandey and many more... these are among the best in india.. lets have an india "a" team on the lines of england lions which will be a supply line for the national team..

  • on September 21, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    I hate comment Madan Lal's comment about our future Indian Captain Suresh Raina