Former India captain Kapil Dev says the comparisons between all-rounders in international cricket can only happen when each one has played 50 Test matches in his career.
The World Cup winning captain and a legendary all-rounder during his time, Kapil does not believe that one should jump into conclusions after watching a player in just two or three series.
“I think, people should give a cricketer at least 50 Test matches before putting him into the race of being the best all-rounder. Somebody you are talking about and comparing with after two or three series is unfair,” Kapil said.
However, Kapil was magnanimous in praising the present day all-rounders (he didn’t take any names though) that young players are doing far better than yesteryear all-rounders like Hadlee, Imran and Botham.
“Hadlee, myself, Imran and Botham should forget our time and look at the present times. These young boys are very very talented. They are doing far better than us. So we should respect this generation,” the 57-year-old said.
Asked about who is the best seam bowling all-rounder, Kapil on a lighter note said:”I am the last one (best allrounder). That’s it.