MS Dhoni's 2011 World Cup win tougher than 1983 triumph, says Kapil Dev

The former India skipper feels that talks of considering Virat Kohli as an alternate captain must be put to rest while MS Dhoni is at the helm of the Indian cricket team.

updated: July 20, 2013 20:44 IST
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India's 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev has favoured Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 2011 title over his own victory thirty years back. Team India ended the nation's 28-year wait for a second 50-over World Championship crown on April 2, 2011, when Dhoni and his men beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the final at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Speaking to the media after a Cricket Association of Bengal awards function in Kolkata today, he said, "Obviously this win is bigger because life is becoming tough. When next generation comes, it will be harder for them."

Kapil, who was one of the guests at the ceremony, lavished praised on the current set of young players for winning the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. "I was at the Champions Trophy and saw the young guys perform in the absence of experienced players like Sachin, Yuvraj, Gambhir and Sehwag. Despite these big players not being there, we didn't miss them. The next generation has arrived, they have played so well."

Kapil praised MS Dhoni's leadership qualities and said that there should be no further doubt about his being India's most successful skipper.

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