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Imran a great leader: Kapil
By Mohammad Abdullah September 11, 2018
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Dubai: India’s World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev praised former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan on becoming the PM of Pakistan but remained coy on his aspirations of joining politics.

Both Imran and Kapil have a lot similarities. Both are living legends and delivered the maiden World Cups for their respective countries - Pakistan and India.

However, Imran joined politics after retirement and after a long of struggle of 21 years finally came to power after winning the recently held elections.

Whereas Kapil became Indian cricket team coach and also held quite a few posts with the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI).

“I think Imran has done a great job. It is not easy to be the prime minister of any country, especially Pakistan. I think he has taken that challenge and it took him 20 odd years to become the prime minister.

“He has always been a great leader. If he can manage his country the way he managed his team it will be great for Pakistan,” said Kapil.

However, Kapil played down his chances of joining politics sooner or later but did not rule it out completely.

“I prefer to live a life of a common person that suits me more. Where you can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. I don’t think in that line.

If I am a fast bowler you cannot ask me to bow off spin.

“I don’t enjoy being in the politics and a person should do only what he enjoys. I have no such intentions right now. But you never know what can happen tomorrow,” said the Indian legend.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a press conference, held to mark the 15 years cricketing entertainment in partnership with Channel 2 and Channel 4 Radio Network.

Speaking about India’s chances of retaining the Asia Cup title without skipper Virat Kohli, Kapil sounded optimistic.

“If you start depending on one player to win a championship, you are not going to win that championship.

“Yes, Virat Kohli is a very important player and in the last seven-eight years, he has played a very important role and has been instrumental in winning many matches.

“The team have to play like a team. It is very important. Sometimes it is good when your best player is not playing. It is then they come to know how good they are.

“I would like to see Indian team without Kohli, how they will apply themselves. Bu if they can do it without him they will be much stronger team. But for now it is very difficult to say whether they are going to do that or not,” he added.

Speaking about the pressure of an India-Pakistan match, Kapil said: “Pressure always brings the best out of a player. It is wonderful to see the top players soaking that pressure.

“If there is no pressure on an international player, there is no player. They should know how to handle that pressure. When you play under that pressure, you come out happy. I think it is a fun to have little bit pressure,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, UAE-based Channel 2 Group Corporation – holder of audio rights for the Unimoni Asia Cup 2018 will once again make live cricket commentary available to listeners in the UAE.

This has been enabled through their decade and half old partnership with the Channel 4 Radio Network (A part of Al Murad Group), which has continued to strengthen over the years.

Speaking at the event, Ajay Sethi said, “We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Channel 4 Radio Network. They share our vision to widen our reach to all cricket fans here in the UAE and are thrilled to provide LIVE coverage of the Unimoni Asia Cup 2018.

With the establishment of Cricket Radio over a decade ago, we are confident that we will continue to grow as world-class pioneers and providers of Live audio cricketing action and bring to cricket enthusiasts all there is to know about cricket” said Sethi.

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