Team India youngsters must take leaf out of Sachin Tendulkar’s book, says Kapil Dev

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New Delhi:  As a young and relatively inexperienced Indian team prepares for life without Sachin Tendulkar on the pitch ahead of their first Test against South Africa at Johannesburg, former Indian captain Kapil Dev said that the new players need to learn from Tendulkar and perform well against the No. 1 Test side.

“The new players must take a leaf out of Sachin’s book,” Kapil Dev told NDTV during their 25th anniversary celebration where he was honoured as one of the Greatest Indian Living Legends.
Tendulkar, who recently retired after playing his 200th Test against the West Indies at home, was India’s stand out performer on their previous tour to South Africa in 2010-11.

Riding on two centuries from the batting maestro, India came close to recording their first-ever series win in South Africa.

This will also be the first time since 1996 when India will be without the stalwarts like Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly.

Kapil, however, felt that India will not move forward if they keep thinking about players who have retired.

“If we think about missing players, then we will never progress. You will always miss players like Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. But we should not think about it now,” Kapil Dev said in an exclusive chat.

Talking about how the Indians need to approach the game in conditions that are hostile to them and what they need to do to succeed, Kapil said, “The first three batsmen have to perform. If they don’t score, fear will creep in the team.”…

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