Kapil Dev Once Again Emerges As A Champion, This Time In Golf

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 21 September 2019, 11:05 AM
Kapil Dev has won the 60-64 individual category title in the AVT Champions tour golf tournament. (Image credit: Twitter)
Kapil Dev has won the 60-64 individual category title in the AVT Champions tour golf tournament. (Image credit: Twitter)

Kapil Dev has already cemented his legacy in the world of cricket by helping India win the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time in England in 1983. Under his captaincy, Indian cricket was put on the world map and since then, the popularity of the sport has reached unprecedented levels. It is thanks to the exploits of Kapil and his men in 1983 that Indian cricket is seeing the kind of success that it enjoys today. Now, Kapil is proving his mettle in another sport and is emerging a champion in that as well. Golf, which has a niche following in India, is a sport where Kapil has started making a name for himself. 

The two-day Pune leg of AVT Champions tour saw participation by over 100 golfers from 10 cities which included star senior golfers like Kapil Dev, who won in the 60-64 individual age category. "Winning is always a good feeling. The AVT tour is a brilliant step towards helping us senior amateur golfers play more consistently now for a goal. The senior's tour hasrevived the competitive spirit and winning amongst some really talented golfers is a feeling that is worth being cherished," said Kapil.

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In fact, Kapil has been making waves in gold for some time now. In 2018, during an interview with CNN, Kapil revealed how he enjoyed the sport of golf and how he represented India in a number of senior amateur golf tournaments. In that interview, Kapil said he was proud to have represented the country in two sports and he started enjoying the sport when he picked it up at the age of 37. However, he also highlighted the problems that one faces when playing golf. 

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"It's very difficult because golf needs land, almost a minimum of 150 acres of land to play. With cricket you can play in the backyard, you can play in the streets, you can play anywhere. But I have noticed a difference. Now if you want to play on Saturday or Sunday at Delhi Golf Club you have to book a week in advance. That's the change in the game of golf. If more youngsters start playing golf in India the game could be huge," Kapil said.

First Published: Saturday, September 21, 2019 10:51 AM
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