Virat Kohli the best man to lead India in World Cup, says Kapil Dev

In a new book written by senior sports journalist Vijay Lokapally, stellar names of Indian cricket share their views on Team India for World Cup 2019.

Kapil Dev: “[Kohli’s] rise has been rapid and huge.” Photo: PTI

Kapil Dev, India’s captain during its famous 1983 World Cup campaign, has described Virat Kohli as "the best man" to lead India for the 2019 edition, noting that the Delhi man has “become a leader.”

In a new book titled 'World Cup Warriors: The Boys in Blue' written by senior sports journalist Vijay Lokapally, players who represented India in the World Cup over the years share their views on Team India for World Cup 2019.

“[Kohli’s] rise has been rapid and huge. I must say, he has matured amazingly from the time he has taken over the captaincy from [M. S.] Dhoni,” says Kapil. 

'Man for all seasons'

Dhoni, who led the team to its second World Cup trophy in 2011, gets high praise from Kiran More, the Indian wicketkeeper in the 1987 and 1992 World Cups. More calls Dhoni “my man for all seasons.”

He adds, “I don’t think anyone can read the pitch better than him.”

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On chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, former left-arm spinner Venkatapathy Raju says: “Like a good spinner, he is able to absorb the punishment and hit back strongly. He should stick to his natural line and look to strike a good rhythm. He is a rhythm bowler.”

Yuvraj Singh, the 2011 World Cup Player of the Series, has written the foreword for the book, which has illustrations by Austin Coutinho. Bloomsbury India has published the book.