After the Indian team’s historic win over the West Indies at Lord’s, Kapil Dev, sipping champagne, spoke to INDIA TODAY’S Sreedhar Pillai. Excerpts: Q. How did a team which was written off even before the tournament started win the Prudential World Cup?A. India started the tournament as underdogs. But our fielding and team spirit saw us through to the final. I know the capabilities of my boys and understand where we stood in batting and bowling. It was the fielding that got us the Prudential Cup.Q. Any factors other than fielding?A. It was a team effort. No single individual is responsible. All of us collectively clicked as a team. Each and every member of the team did something or the other to ensure that we won.Q. Any particular individual you would like to single out?A. Not in particular. But Binny, Madan Lai and Mohinder bowled extremely well, while Yashpal and Mohinder saw that the batting never crumbled. But we were a little sad that our major batsman Sunil Gavaskar never clicked.Q. What about your own 175 not out against Zimbabwe ?A. Well, I did my job as captain, nothing more than that. When I came in to bat it was 9 for 4, which became 17 for 5. Then my only thought was to play for my country, and stay put for 60 overs and score a modest total of around 200.Q. Any special memories of that 175, which is a Prudential record?A. When I got to my hundred I was very happy to be the first Indian to score a hundred in the World Cup competition. Only much later did I realise that I had broken Glenn Turner’s record.advertisementQ. After being 17 for 5, didyou’tvarn your team for a dismal batting performance?A. No, I was feeling absolutely tired after that match against Zimbabwe. In fact, I told the boys, “You made me tired.”Q. How do you analyse India’s win, with their gentle medium pace bowling?A. Let me tell you that these medium pace.bowlers ridiculed by the critics were one of the major reasons for India’s winning the World Cup. All they did was bowl straight by keeping a good length and line. They never tried to bowl fast but English conditions favoured us. Our medium pacers were able to swing the ball around and with batsmen committing mistakes our fielders did the rest.Q. So you mean to say there was a lot of stress on fielding?A. In fact, the team was chosen with special stress on fielding. I had made it clear to everyone that I would not tolerate lack of effort. I can accept that batsmen will get out and that bowlers will get hit but I will not accept one who does not give his all in the field. For too long India’s fielding was considered a joke; not any more, I hope.Q. So the selectors have to be thanked for choosing a well-balanced team.A. The Prudential Cup has given India a big boost in one-day cricket. We had no extraordinary players. But we had bowlers who could bat right up to number eleven. It was the best one-day team that the country has ever produced and we seem to be improving more and more in this particular field.Q. Many people feel that India played West Indies better than any other side.A. The best thing that could have happened to us prior to the Prudential Cup was our visit to the West Indies. There we defeated them in Guyana in a one-day international. It was a turning point in our one-day cricket. And later we defeated them again at Old Trafford. Playing against the best in the world brings out the best in my boys.Q. What about Sunil Gavaskar?There were rumours that you dropped him after the first two games for reasons other than what were given out.A. Nothing but dressing-room, gossip. In fact we dropped him because he was injured. Even if he is out of form and slightly slow on the field we will include him because he is our main batsman. There is perfect harmony and rapport between us. Sometimes I go to him for advice. I am proud of Sunil and his achievements and I wish him good luck this winter to beat Bradman’s record.Q. Witt the same team be retained for the coming winter Test series against West Indies and Pakistan ?A. Test cricket is a different sort of cricket altogether. Some players who are good for one-day cricket may be a handicap in a Test match.advertisementQ. Any special request for the Indian cricket board after the Prudential Cup?A. They should introduce more oneday tournaments in domestic cricket and spot fresh talent to enable us to retain the next World Cup.Q. Some experts feel you are burning yourself out by playing for Northamptonshire in English county cricket.A. After playing professional cricket I have improved vastly and it has also helped me to be a successful captain. The West Indians and Pakistanis play oneday cricket so well because they play for English counties.Q. How would you compare yourself with Ian Botham?A. Ian is a great cricketer, Perhaps he is struggling a little at the moment. Who is best is not for me to say. But I know that I have extra incentive to do well when I play against him.Q. What about these rumours that an Indo-Pakistan eleven has been signed up to tour South Africa? Will you go?A. During the World Cup tournament even I’ve heard these stories. But so far nobody has approached me. Even if they approach me I will not go to South Africa. I love to play for my country more than anything else.