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Best Indian team ever: Kapil
Monday 14 November 2011

The Indian cricket team was criticised a lot from former players after their disastrous tour of England. But former India captain and World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev believes that the MS Dhoni-led side is the best team in the history of Indian cricket.

"Without any doubt, I would say that this is the best Indian team ever," said Kapil.

"When you have so many records, so much experience and have done so well, you can't complain about anything at all," he added.

Kapil feels that one should never compare two generations and said that we should always believe that our next generation is better than the previous one. That's mantra of moving forward, the legendary all-rounder opined.

"You can never compare a son with his father. The fathers never had the modern day gadgets that their sons are used to nowadays. Yet they worked tirelessly to get everything for their kids. That's why it is unfair to compare two generations. But you always want your son to be better than you," he said.

"The next generation has always been and will be better than the previous one. If it is not then we aren't moving forward as a society. If you at all have to compare, I would say this team is far better."
Kapil, meanwhile, denied that there is any extra pressure on Sachin Tendulkar to score his hundredth international ton, stating that the champion batsman has been handling pressure since he made his debut.

"When was Tendulkar not under pressure? Since age of 16, we have been putting pressure on him like comparing him with Sir Don Bradman and all that. He is always under pressure. I wonder if he would be able to perform if you don't write about him, talk to him and there is no crowd.

"I think he can only play under pressure. And the good part is, he is 99 not out. He likes to take pressure," he opined.

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