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Kapil Dev slams India’s seniors
Tuesday 16 August 2011

Former India captain Kapil Dev lashed out at the Indian team for lacking team spirit and also criticised the team’s seniors for not assisting the youngsters.

The former all-rounder, who led India to its maiden World Cup title in 1983, slammed Dhoni's men for "going through the motions" during the ongoing four-match series which England have already pocketed 3-0.

"Indian players did not play as a team. I am not trying to blame anybody but I think they played too much cricket. Within four days of winning the World Cup you play IPL. They then travel to West Indies for a tour and then from there to England. I think our players were going through the motions", Kapil told PTI in an interview.

Kapil went on to add that the seniors have not played a role in guiding the youngsters during the tour, which was one of the major reasons for the team’s failure in England.

"No cricketer walked up to the young bowlers to advise them on what line to bowl. Dhoni could go up to Ishant and tell this. Media termed him as 'Captain Cool'. He says everybody should know their job.

"In Indian sports, we have not reached that level where all the players know what they should do. We still look up to the captain and senior players. We need somebody with aggression.

All the senior players have become so senior that they do not want to be aggressive", he said.

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