Kapil Dev played in

Kapil Dev played in the same era as that of Imran Khan and Ian Botham, you told them about the rigidity that you had seen? Ekdum straight I told them brutally honestly So they knew that here’s a guy who will not say anything behind our backs It will be straight up on our face Someone we can trust There’s no iske peeche jaake kuch bola uske peeche Muh pe bolega No games That’s why you will see in this team there are no groups There’s no agenda There’s no iske peeche wo hai dekh usko khila raha hai All that you won’t see And I told them the only reason I am here is because I believe in you guys I believe in you guys that you are a bloody terrific team that can play and think differently Were you surprised that this generation of Indians would be rigid The biggest problem with people individuals or teams — in our lives also — is insecurity How can you conquer insecurity By being fearless If you are not insecure that’s when you can be fearless So I tell these guys play a brand of cricket where you are not scared of losing which means agar mujhe maarna hai dil se maaro Don’t think (what) if I get out Get out no matter Go and work harder with your thought process and your striking When you are insecure you are the most dangerous individual You are just spreading negative energy That is the worst That is something this team has learnt — to be fearless How did you change it You change it by changing the thinking Think positively Think to win Think of taking the game away Think and focus more on your strengths At the moment you are thinking about all other things I told them straightaway You have to tell them they are a better team than what they think they are And I am sitting in front of you giving this speech that I believe in you Otherwise I wouldn’t be anywhere near you (wouldn’t have taken up this job) And you want them to enjoy themselves Once I step on to the field I want to beat the opposition Then it doesn’t matter to me what the conditions are People are making a lot of noise about conditions na It’s the same way this team will step on a field whether it is Australia England Sri Lanka wherever in the future They will step on to the field not thinking ‘arre how many runs will we get Who’s bowling’ No no How can we beat the opposition That is the change How you are prepared for it then When you step there we are playing there to win this game We don’t care about the conditions As opposed to that period where you were thinking Arey yaar grass hai woh yeh daal raha hai woh daal raha hai woh unka batsman form mein hai It’s all the other way Winning is last competing is last Here you are catching the bull Usko mein maarne wala hoon [expletive] that’s the attitude You used the same words with the players Yeah yeah yeah Don’t take a backward step Look in the eye When you play sport you have to be able to compete against anyone With my talent I did I never once took a backward step And when you look at the skill in this team When they are prepared to think and play like that it is you guys sitting outside who will love watching them play Two the level of fielding Where there was no cutting corners You had to work your ass off to be one of the best fielding sides If you can do that you will be in the game If you think you are going to get an inch you won’t get a centimetre One thing I have told them No excuses And they know it No excuses whatsoever We don’t need any skirts to hide behind You mess up put your hand up Take it on the chin And the team accepted it Absolutely Then that’s when you want to play It’s not like woh baarish aa gaya kharaab umpiring When you see in this team you won’t hear the word ‘I’ It’s always ‘We’ did it Everyone enjoys each other’s performance That’s honesty There’s total trust Anyone can discuss any problem Not just with me But with anybody in the team When does this moment click It comes in the span of time After that Australian trip We were there for a long time And in the World Cup we were fabulous The World Cup was different You saw that Then it made the players look inside and look at themselves in the mirror and say you played like kings yaar We never thought you would play like this before the World Cup They would have said ‘we know we can but now we know we can’ Not as an individual but as a team Are you looking for these kind of boys not just talent but also temperament wise certain kind of fearless guys Temperament is very crucial That has to be with everybody There is no individual here You are playing for a team So he could be a shy guy then He could be a shy guy but he will outdo himself (Qualities are) steel and you want to compete You don’t have to be in the face Look at Puji (Cheteshwar Pujara) Quietly he’s very strong Mentally he’s strong as anybody Good you brought up Pujara so it’s not like Ravi Shastri wants the players to be outgoing He has to go drink or something Absolutely not Each one to his own You pull up with everything that the team needs The guy averages close to 60 after Australia he didn’t play and was in the reserves for quite some time He got a chance in one (against Sri Lanka in 2015) and got 140 That’s exactly what you want to see Not for one moment did he sulk He might have been hurting inside but he channelised that energy into good things That was the match-winning knock of the series You had that self-control to handle your kind of lifestyle But now the danger is this team is trying to become 12 Ravi Shastris and they don’t have that kind of personality They won’t They are not at all Each one is smart and knows what he is good at and we keep telling them you don’t try and become someone else You have so many different characters That is the habits no Once the cricket is over you do what you want No one is forced to have a drink for example No one is forced to do anything You do what you are comfortable with You have to develop your own personality Just that your focus is on that team culture There is perception that you would talk to all people the same — in your style You would change the way you talk to say a Kohli or then a Rahane or an Umesh Depending on each one’s temperament You might have to go harder on an individual as opposed to another Then the fact that I have not missed a beat in 35 years as a player or a broadcaster and the fact that you’ve watched so much of cricket puts you in a very good position And man management is one of the key qualities I have had it from a young age All those things help How ‘hard’ do you need to be with some guys Hard Hard means you play to win A guy might be temperamentally a little softer You have to go with him in a different way as opposed to a real thick nut It’s how you speak to the individual The guy who’s low on confidence or self-esteem you don’t go and bang him He might start crying So you have to maybe mollycoddle him Aaram se then get the best out of him As opposed to another guy who you have to go real hard at Crack the whip You know each guy You see over a span of time You watch very closely as to kya hai kidhar hai kya ho raha hai And by that time say a month goes by — say the England tour went by (Shastri’s first assignment after becoming the team director) — you know who is who Who you needed to work on And if you have a coaching staff who’s on your page it helps And we have had a fabulous coaching staff Where there might be a certain guy who I might have been very hard on so I will send somebody else Another guy the fault could be something else I will send someone else Then another guy whose case has to be taken somebody else can go and make him vomit through fielding sessions or something It might be me saying ‘Just push these guys (Make them) run up the hill’ That communication is very important So in this team you have had to do all this Is there a fear of some people stepping out No not at all In fact he would love it Or he won’t be part of the set-up And he’ll know if he doesn’t want to be part of the set-up he won’t be there He’ll love it They aren’t looking at you like some warden Not at all They look at me like an elder brother yaar They can come anytime Have a chat Over the years there have been players who have been afraid against pace or whatever If you find some cricketers like that in this team not playing with that kind of spirit and attitude you are looking for what will you do? 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