A warm hug from Dean Jones transported Kapil Dev back to the tied Test of 1986. Heroes of that epic match at Madras, the two came together at the Australian High Commission here to conduct a clinic for young children and also speak on Melbourne as the best possible venue for the final of the 2015 World Cup to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
They also shared their views on the Indian team in Australia with Kapil steadfast in his opinion that Sachin Tendulkar should have quit one-day cricket after the 2011 World Cup.
Jones observed it would be better to leave the decision to the batsman. “It is tough to play all formats of the game, especially with so much cricket being played now,” said Jones.
The Australian also expected the Indian team to sort out differences, if any. “Leave it to them. They will sort them out. We don't know what is happening and there is no point speculating.”
Kapil, however, said there was need for the players to communicate better. “I think the players must speak to the Board. The Board also should look into the matter if there is any truth in the reports of infighting. But one thing is certain. (M.S.) Dhoni must get the team he wants.”
Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu, present at the function, announced his Government would be working hard to secure the 2015 ICC World Cup final for the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The announcement followed an informal game of cricket with children from the DAV Public School, Dwarka. The students were joined by Kapil, Jones and Cricket Victoria CEO Tony Dodemaide.