Proud to have played for In­dia

Sportstar - - 40 SUPERSTARS - KAPIL DEV

CIn­dia’s all­time great all­rounder ricket was a dream I pur­sued from my school days. I re­alised I had to play cricket af­ter watch­ing some of my heroes, espe­cially G. R. Viswanath. I wanted to be like him. Su­nil Gavaskar and Viswanath were play­ers I looked up to. Cricket took me around the world and taught me many lessons in life. It was a gift to serve the game and the coun­try and I feel ex­tremely proud as very few are for­tu­nate enough to rep­re­sent their coun­try at the in­ter­na­tional level.

When I started play­ing, we used to ea­gerly wait for our names to ap­pear in the news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines. Sport­star ran fea­tures on me quite a few times. I loved the Sport­star Spe­cial that was brought out af­ter I had over­taken Sir Richard Hadlee to be­come the high­est wicket­taker in Test cricket.

The mag­a­zine al­ways car­ries some out­stand­ing pic­tures and posters and I remember many of my fel­low play­ers wait­ing ea­gerly to get fea­tured in the mag­a­zine. It was a huge morale booster to be fea­tured in mag­a­zines and news­pa­pers those days.

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