New Delhi. India did not get an all-rounder like Kapil Dev, the captain of the Indian cricket team who won the World Cup for the first time. Kapil, who was deadly with the ball and injured with the bat, ruled the world cricket. The former opener of Team India once found it difficult to imitate this stalwart who made India the world champion.
Kapil Dev, the former captain of Team India, won the first World Cup for India and played the sting of Indian cricket all over the world, it will always be remembered. Kapil Dev’s army created history by winning the trophy by defeating a formidable team like the West Indies, who had won two consecutive World Cups, in the final. The players who had played with the captain used to try to imitate him as well. Team India’s former opener Navjot Singh Sidhu himself told the story of getting trapped badly by copying Kapil.
Navjot Singh Sidhu had told on a show that he used to watch Kapil Pa ji, whenever he used to go for batting, he used to hit the meeting and then started watching Suraj. Now I don’t know why he used to do this. I thought this is a good thing, should be done. I had a match against Sri Lanka, so I had to open the innings there. So, like Kapil ji, as soon as I sat down, my pants were torn. I thought someone saw, took out the shirt and went to play wearing it. During fielding, the whole team came to know one by one and I became a joke.
FIRST PUBLISHED : March 10, 2023, 20:58 IST