Former India World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev has said that he would be prioud if Virat Kohli and company will qualify for the semifinals on basis of its performance.
India were crushed by Pakistan and New Zealand in their first two matches and now they need to win their remaining games to make their chances better for semifinal qualification.
“If we succeed on the basis of some other teams, Indian cricket has never appreciated it. If you want to win the World Cup or reach the semifinals, do it on your own strengths. It is better not to depend on other teams,” Kapil told ABP News on Wednesday.
The former cricketer added that it’s time for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take some harsh decision vis-a-vis the seniors in the squad.
“I guess the selectors will have to decide the future of the big names and the big players,” Kapil said, hinting that non-performers should be shown the door and replaced with new faces.
“They (BCCI selectors) need to think whether the youngsters who are performing well in the IPL, is it time to give them a chance? How do we make the next generation better? If they lose, there is no harm because they will gain experience. But if these big players don’t perform now and play such bad cricket, there is going to be plenty of criticism. The BCCI needs to intervene and think about bringing more youngsters in,” added Kapil.
India will face Afghanistan on Wednesday.