Noida, Lauding the Indian women cricketers for their spectacular performance in the current T20 World Cup in Australia, World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev appealed to the public in general and fans in particular, to celebrate the success of womenfolk.'Our women cricket team is playing very well, I think the time has come to celebrate the women cricketers, the way we celebrate the victory of their male counterparts,' said the living legend, on the sidelines of HCL Grant event, here on Thursday. The Indian women team has defeated Australia, Bangladesh and New Zealand, respectively in a row at the ongoing ICC Women's T20 World Cup. India sits at the top of the Group A chart, with six points from three matches and also became the first team to reach the semi-finals of the prestigious tournament.The former Indian captain also praised the BCCI for the upliftment of women cricket team.
"I think BCCI deserves credit for the improvement in women's game, they have provided the women cricketers all the facilities and opportunities that are required. I would say that women cricket is being handled much better than it was, 15 years back, " he said. The former Indian all rounder expressed disappointment on Indian men cricket team's loss against New Zealand in the first test match. 'They should have performed better, as they had played the T20 and ODI series prior to the test series and should have become accustomed themselves to the conditions. So, there can't be any excuse for our players getting to a slow start in the test series. We have to give full credit to the Kiwis for the way they played,' he added.The Haryana Hurricane did not agree that India may encounter issues on the bouncy pitch at Christchurch.
'We have won on bouncy pitches in the past. We won at Melbourne and Perth. No one in this team is scared of short-pitched bowling. The players are professional, understand the game well and I am sure they will come hard at New Zealand and bounce back in the next match,' he said.
Talking about the players' burnout issue, Kapil said, 'If burnout is the issue, let them not play IPL. For me, every match is important. Representing your country is much more important than playing for your club.' The cricketing legend, who lifted the coveted World Cup in 1983, however, declined to comment on whether he saw any signs of burnout in the Indian players
during their recent defeat to New Zealand in the first Test, or during the ODI series.When asked about another World Cup winning captain MS Dhoni's future, Kapil took a philosophical view and said, 'It will not be just about Dhoni. It will be also about some talented youngsters. I am a big fan of Dhoni. He may be on his last leg, but remember that he has done so much for Indian cricket. 'As a fan, I want him there but as a professional, he hasn’t played for one year. He should play more matches for being included in the team. If that is not the case, then you are doing injustice to certain players. You can't have different parameters for different players,' he added.