‘Golfer’ Kapil Dev gets In­dia cap again

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Kapil Dev the crick­eter will now also be known as Kapil Dev the golfer. Hav­ing nursed a se­cret am­bi­tion to rep­re­sent In­dia at golf, the for­mer In­dia cap­tain achieved his ‘dream’ when he was picked along with Rishi Narain and Amit Luthra to rep­re­sent In­dia at the Asia Pa­cific Se­nior 201■ to be held at the Tom Wat­son Golf club in Miyazaki, Ja­pan from Oc­to­ber 17 to 19.

The tour­na­ment is for golfers above 55 and Kapil was ob­vi­ously “ex­cited” at mak­ing the grade. “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 197■) as part of the In­dian cricket team,” a de­lighted Kapil told Sport­star.

A reg­u­lar at the Delhi Golf Club, Kapil de­vel­oped a lik­ing for the sport once he stopped play­ing 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,” said Kapil.

Get­ting to rep­re­sent In­dia again has got Kapil look­ing at giv­ing his best. “I know I am a nat­u­ral ath­lete and the hand­eye co­or­di­na­tion helped me be­come a good golfer.”

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