Cricketer Kapil Dev set to debut as international golfer for India

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Cricketer Kapil Dev set to debut as international golfer for India
Kapil Dev playing golf. -Photo courtesy Sportstar Live

Country’s first World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev has been selected along with Rishi Narain and Amit Luthra to play for the country at the Asia Pacific Senior 2018 in Japan

The Hush Post: India’s first cricket World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev is all set to debut as a golfer. The former India cricketer has been selected along with Rishi Narain and Amit Luthra to play for the country at the Asia Pacific Senior 2018 to be held in Japan.

Cricketer Kapil Dev set to debut as international golfer for India
Kapil Dev playing golf. -Photo courtesy Sportstar Live

The dream of former skipper of Indian cricket team has come true to become a golfer as he has been selected alongside Rishi Narain and Amit Luthra to play for the country at the Asia Pacific Senior 2018 to be held at the Tom Watson Golf club in Miyazaki, Japan from October 17 to 19 this year, a report said.

The golf tournament is for golfers who are 55-year-old plus. “I am happy. Actually, I feel proud because I am going to represent India. It is a great feeling. Not quite different from the time I was picked to tour Pakistan (in 1978) as part of the Indian cricket team,” Kapil Dev was quoted as saying by Sportstar.

Kapil Dev, who was a regular at the Delhi Golf Club, started trying his hands at gold when he retired from active cricket. “I loved football when I was still playing cricket but golf became a passion. And then an addiction really. Access to the DGC added to my love for golf,” Kapil Dev was further quoted.

“At golf, you are challenging yourself. You are constantly trying to push your limits, looking to improve after every round. Cricket was different. You had to depend on your teammates. You may bowl a decent ball but someone may drop the catch. Or you may run out because of your partner’s fault. You are depending on someone in cricket. But you are on your own in golf,” the ace India former cricketer said.

Excited over getting a chance to represent the country once again has, Kapil Dev said: “I know I am a natural athlete and the hand-eye coordination helped me become a good golfer. I had the cricket muscle which was good for golf too. I have played some good rounds at various points in my golfing journey but this was special. Playing good rounds for three consecutive days. It proved that my golf was not fluke.”

About the Hole in One ever, Kapil Dev said: “I have done it four times. Thrice at the DGC and once at the Willingdon Golf Club in Mumbai.”

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