An all-rounder plays a significant role in cricket.
Kallis for South Africa, Michale Clark and Symonds for Australia, Flintoff for England, Malik for Pakistan, Gayle for West Indies, Jacob Oram for New Zealand, Jayasuriya for Sri Lanka have been playing an important role of an all-rounder in their respective teams.
But India lacks a genuine all-rounder.
Almost all teams have a good all-rounder, but India doesn't.
Along with Kapil Dev, the players Mohinder Amarnath, Roger Binny, Ravi Shastri, Madan Lal and Manoj Prabhakar had the capability to change the game either with the bat or with the ball.
After Kapil Dev's retirement, India has been facing this problem of finding a genuine all-rounder.
Robin Singh shined once but out of the team in a short time.
Agarkar and Sreenath had come into the team as all-rounders but settled as bowlers.
Irfan Pathan was thought to be the perfect all-rounder after Kapil Dev..but he is now a total failure in both bowling and batting.
Currently we have Yuvraj, Sehwag, Yusuf Pathan and some others who can fill the fifth bowler's slot.
But what we need is a specific all-rounder who is very good at bowling.
Ravindra Jadeja who got a place in the Indian team as an all-rounder is all set to prove his capabilities in the Sri Lanka tour.
Let's hope Jadeja proves as a worthy successor to Kapil Dev.