India World Cup 2011

India won the ICC World Cup in 2011 after beating Sri Lanka in the final © Getty Images

Kolkata: Jul, 20 2013

Kapil Dev has said that India’s World Cup win in 2011 under MS Dhoni was tougher to achieve than that of his own team back in 1983.

Asked to compare the two victories of 1983 and 2011, Kapil said: “This one. Tomorrow, it will be more difficult. The reason is obvious. Life gets tougher, so in future it would be tougher. It won’t be easy. Next generation is always much harder and tougher.”

India’s 1983 World Cup-winning captain also praised Dhoni’s captaincy but refused to compare him with captains of yesteryear.

“Everybody knows that he’s done wonderfully well for himself and the team. Yes, he is one of the best captains and we should respect that,” he said on the sidelines of Cricket Association of Bengal‘s annual awards ceremony.

“When you ask such questions, you have a doubt in your mind. I have no doubts, I will not talk about him. He’s the best captain at the moment. We should just say that he is the captain.”

On Virat Kohli being the future captain, the former all-rounder said: “As long Dhoni is there, we should not talk about any other person. If we have a captain, we should respect him. The day selectors think it’s time to change then we should talk about it. I will not about Kohli at all.”

Kapil said the Indian opening duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, who are struggling to make a comeback, should not lose hope and work harder.

“If Gambhir or Sehwag think that they cannot come back then they should pack up and go back home and sleep. A sportsman is a fighter and takes up the challenge,” he said.

When asked about the contentious Decision Review System, Kapil said: “Let’s not make it more complicated. ICC is doing their job. We cannot make everybody happy. But if we have to accept something, most should be happy.”

(With inputs from PTI)