“Unacceptable” Kapil Dev, who supported wrestlers’ movement against Modi government, insulted by Jay Shah-run BCCI; MS Dhoni snubbed too


Social media has exploded in anger after it emerged that the Jay Shah-run BCCI had not invited Kapil Dev and Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the cricket World Cup final at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi stadium. Kapil Dev had become the first captain to lead the Indian team to win the country’s first-ever World Cup in England in 1983. 28 years later, Dhoni became the second captain to achieve this feat in India in 2011.

Kapil Dev

Kapil told the media that he was not invited the BCCI to watch the final between India and Australia, who won the trophy for a record sixth time by beating the hosts convincingly.

Kapil Dev was quoted as saying, “Unhone nahi bulaya (They didn’t invite me),” the legendary Indian player was quoted as saying.

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This evoked angry reactions from netizens and the Congress party. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh wrote, “It is simply unacceptable & extremely petty that Kapil Dev was not invited by the cricket establishment for the World Cup final in Ahmedabad. Like Bedi, Kapil Dev is known to speak his mind, and he did come out openly in support of the agitating women wrestlers a few months back.”

Australia defeated India by six wickets to lift the World Cup for a record sixth time.

Earlier this, Kapil had extended his support to female wrestlers, who were protesting against the Modi government over sexual harassment by one BJP leader. “Will they ever get justice,” Kapil had asked in an Instagram post.