Kapil Dev thanks daughter Amiya for Instagram debut; says it's important to change with the times

Dev got on Instagram this August.

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It was only in 2015 that Kapil Dev opened a Twitter account. (In pic: Amiya Dev with Kapil Dev)
The former Indian captain shares how he went from being off social media to being on it and how his daughter helps him stay relevant.

As a fast bowler, Kapil Dev used to bowl a good line. Now he is also online.

At a promotional event in Mumbai recently, the former Indian captain said he was not a tech enthusiast initially. But his daughter Amiya, and the need to stay in tune with the times, made him think differently. “I started looking around, seeing people tweet and being on Instagram, I was not very enthusiastic about it,” said Dev, 60, looking like a dapper silver fox in a powder blue shirt and dark blazer. “[But] If you want to live in this world, you need to change with the times. Or you will be left behind.”


Amiya, the 1983 World Cup hero’s 23-year-old daughter, encouraged him to get up to speed with the plat forms and understand them better. “My daughter helped me as she is young and quite savvy with these things. I see her and have been inspired to keep up with the times,” Dev said.

It was only in 2015 that Dev opened a Twitter account. He got on Instagram this August. Dev made his debut for India in the late ’70s. At the time, he was not even aware of mineral water. “In my time, I had not seen mineral water nor any gadgets,” he said. “At that time if you got any water, it was enough. Now players don’t walk on the ground without mineral water. Ours was a different time. I have become more accepting now than before.”

Dev’s words are often a mix of humour and profundity. A sportsman’s real life, he said, changes dramatically after he retires. “The ball goes out of the window and life comes in [post-career],” he said. “Playing for the country, achieving my goal was a big thing. After you stop playing, it is how you make your life. When you are playing, you don’t know anything apart from that. Real life starts after that. That is when you start thinking, what can I make of my life.”

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Shastri, Chappell & Kumble: Colourful & Controversial Cricket Coaches Of Team India
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As the shortlisted names of the candidates for the top job of the men's team coach are out, Ravi Shastri as incumbent is again in the mix. Captain Virat Kohli made it clear before he left for West Indies that he would prefer Shastri. It is up to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) led by Kapil Dev to pick the new coach. This is expected by this weekend or early next week.



As the wait is on, here are what a few former coaches have said and done that cast the limelight on them:

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The Australian who was the coach of the Indian cricket team from 2005-2007 had his term clouded with numerous contention. One of them was his email to then BCCI President Ranbir Singh Mahendra. In the email, Greg Chappell wrote of Indian captain at that time, Sourav Ganguly being "prone to panic" which he claimed "affected the team morale". The email was sent soon after the Indian tour of Zimbabwe in 2005. He wrote that, Ganguly's "tinkering with the batting order was sending wrong signals to the players". The skipper's pacing around in the dressing room he claimed "pressurised other players". Chappell also accused the captain of faking injuries. He went on to suggest that Ganguly step down as captain and concentrate on his game. At the Eden Garden, Chappell even showed the fans the middle finger when they booed him for this decision later that year.
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The Zimbabwean was coach of the men's cricket team from 2011-2015 during which the team started to stagnate with lack of fresh ideas and bad composition. Duncan Fletcher was one who hardly spoke to the media. This gave a sense of lack of concern and seriousness. The poker face Fletcher often left the fans trying to read his body language for a sense of what to expect. He was known as the man with the shades because he was always seen with his sunglasses on.
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The outspoken Indian spinner was India's first appointed coach from 1990-91. Bishen Singh Bedi was called the team's manager during his tenure in 1989-90 during their tour Down Under. After the team lost their match against Australia in the Rothmans Cup, Bedi had said, “The entire teams should be dumped into the Pacific.” He was very angry with the bad performance of the Mohammad Azharuddin-lead team that he made this comment.
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The former Indian spinner was coach of the national men's cricket team from 2016-17. Anil Kumble was appointed captain for a year but stepped down because of differences with captain, Virat Kohli. In his tweet, Kumble clearly explained his expectations as coach as he thanked the team and fans for their support during his tenure.
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