The Indian cricket team, which has been one of the most successful and dominant teams in recent years, has also been subjected to criticism and scrutiny from various quarters. One such instance was when former Indian captain and legend Kapil Dev made a remark that the current players are arrogant and know-it-alls and that they do not seek help from the former greats of the game. Now, allrounder Ravindra Jadeja has given a bold reply to the legend’s harsh words.
Kapil Dev, who led India to its first World Cup triumph in 1983, said in an interview with The Week that the money has made the players arrogant and feel that they know everything. He also said that they do not approach the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, who has seen 50 seasons of cricket, for any guidance or advice, that there is ego involved, and that extra help from somebody who has more experience would not hurt.
Ravindra Jadeja gave a straightforward reply to Kapil Dev ahead of the third ODI against the West Indies in Trinidad. Jadeja said, “I don’t know when he said this. I don’t search these things on social media. Everyone has their own opinion. Ex-player have full right to share their opinion, but I don’t think there is any arrogance in this team.”
Further, Jadeja said that such remarks often come when Team India incurs a loss. He also highlighted how every Indian player takes pride in representing the country at the highest level. He said, “Everyone is enjoying their cricket, and everyone is hardworking. No one has taken anything for granted. They are giving 100 percent. Such comments generally come when the Indian team lost a match. This is a good bunch of boys; this is a good group. We are representing India and that is our main aim, there is no personal agenda.”
Jadeja's response was a clear indication of the confidence and self-belief that the current players have in themselves and their abilities. It also showed that they respect their seniors and legends but do not depend on them for validation or approval.