We have to respect everybody’s opinion - Kapil Dev on India coach selection

Before leaving for the T20I series against West Indies in the United States, Kohli made it clear that he would love to see current head coach Ravi Shastri get another term.

Former captain Kapil Dev and Virat Kohli in an intense discussion during India’s home series against Australia in 2017.   -  FILE PHOTO/ G.P. SAMPATH KUMAR

 

The legendary Kapil Dev, head of the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that will appoint the next head coach agreed with his colleague Shantha Rangaswamy that skipper Virat Kohli’s opinion “needs to be respected”.

The World Cup winning former skipper however assured that his panel will do their job to the best of their ability.

Before leaving for the T20I series against West Indies in the United States, Kohli made it clear that he would love to see current head coach Ravi Shastri get another term.

“That’s his (Kohli) opinion, we have to respect everybody’s opinion,” Kapil told reporters before receiving the ‘Bharat Gaurav’, East Bengal’s highest honour during the club’s foundation day celebrations at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on Thursday.

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The CAC comprising Kapil, Rangaswamy and Anushuman Gaekwad will select the head coach. The incumbent Shastri gets an automatic entry in the selection process.

There are also reports of an alleged rift between Kohli and Rohit Sharma post India’s World Cup semifinal exit. The Indian captain rubbished them at the pre-departure press conference.

“There can be off the field differences but it depends how you play on the field. Everyone should look into that,” said Kapil.

“Off the field, the way of thinking can be different, approach can be different. But when you’re playing there’s only one aim — how you can win a match. That is important. Differences of opinion does not mean you will be pulling somebody down,” added Kapil, whose hot and cold relationship with Sunil Gavaskar used to be headlined in the ‘80s.