Kapil Dev
Former Indian captain receiving the World Cup trophy in 1983. (source: @therealkapildev twitter handle)

Former Indian captain Kapil Dev, the first Indian captain to win cricket World Cup recently spoke up about comparison with all-rounders like Ian Botham, Richard Hadlee, and Imran Khan. He said Botham is the best out of the four.

Imran was the most hardworking player

Kapil told former India cricketer and current head coach of Indian women’s team WV Raman on Inside Out podcast, “I wouldn’t say I was the greatest, but I was a better athlete than all three put together. The best bowling was Richard Hadlee’s – he was like a computer among the four of us.”

He added, “Wouldn’t say Imran Khan was the best athlete or the most natural, but he was the most hardworking player we’ve seen. When he started, he looked like an ordinary bowler, but then he became a very hardworking fast bowler and he learned by himself. And then he worked on his batting as well.” 

Ian Botham was a true all-rounder, says former Indian captain 

Kapil described Botham as a ‘true all-rounder’ he said, Ian Botham was a true all-rounder – in given conditions, he could win a match on his own. I wouldn’t say Hadlee was the best batsman.”

“Botham could do damage to the opposition both with bat [and ball]. Imran could run through the [opposition] team, but his ability as a leader was far better. To control the Pakistan team, he had a challenge,” added Kapil Dev 

Kapil Dev recently spoke about Sachin Tendulkar in an interview 

The World Cup winner in a conversation with Sportskeeda said, “Sachin had so much talent that I hadn’t seen it in anyone. He knew how to score hundreds but he never became a ruthless batsman. Sachin had everything in cricket. He knew how to score hundreds but didn’t know how to convert those hundreds into 200s &300s.” 

He added, “Sachin should’ve made five triple centuries and another 10 double tons because he could hit fast bowlers and spinners for a boundary every over.”