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Kapil Dev on lock down: ‘You have to challenge yourself to accept this situation’

Lock Down. Two phrases that want to be drilled into the minds of the residents. “Two words”, as former India captain and one of many sport’s biggest all-rounders Kapil Dev noticed, “that have become the lifeline for mankind. You are supposed to stay at home. So stay at home. It is the least one can do to help the competent and relevant authorities to fight this life-threatening virus.”

As Kapil elaborated, “It can be taken in a positive way. Lock Down or Stay at Home. You have to challenge yourself to accept this situation. You have the world inside your home – your family. You have means of entertaining yourself – books, TV, music. Best is the interaction you have with your family members.”

To keep targeted, Kapil, on a private entrance, has taken up numerous duties inside the home. “I sweep the house, clean the garden. My little garden is my golf course. I am getting to spend so much time with my family. Something that I had missed in the last so many years. I give the cook a break. I cook for everyone. I take turns to do the dishes. I had learnt all this when playing in England when Romi would join me.”

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Being a sportsman, Kapil emphasised, has helped him get up to conditions. “I always believe in being positive. In cricket you get out for zero after scoring a century in the preceding innings. You end up wicketless after having done your best in the previous spells. I have read and heard how the human race has fought and set examples when dealing with crisis. India’s strength lies in our culture – looking after each other and caring for elders. We have to look to help the seniors. I know we will win this battle by staying together and strengthening the hands of our government and doctors by staying indoors.”

This robust section, believed Kapil, would make individuals extra accountable. “People would remember the lessons in hygiene now. Hope they will learn to wash their hands, vow not to spin and urinate in public. We have to keep the surroundings clean. Wish we had learnt these lessons earlier but hope this generation will not make those mistakes. I was lucky I could pick lessons from my seniors in cricket and am thankful to them.”

Kapil Dev: “I always believe in being positive. In cricket you get out for zero after scoring a century in the preceding innings…”   –  Getty Images

 Kapil picked Bishan Singh Bedi and Sunil Gavaskar for particular point out. “Bedi taught me the joy and importance of being large-hearted. Life becomes simple when you display large heartedness. Sunil taught me to plan. He would keep planning. He was batting against me and had the spirit to advise me to come close to the wicket because he found it very difficult to pick my out-swinger. What a lesson I learnt from the artist. Also, my generation of cricketers did not criticise the youngsters.”

Reflecting on his colleagues from enjoying days, Kapil talked of how a few of them would have been superstars in present occasions too.

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“Sunil would have been a sought-after batsman in T20. Srikkanth began T20 in 1985 when he was smashing Imran Khan and Wasim Akram over cowl and mid-off. We used to marvel what was this man doing. Yashpal, along with his backside hand photographs over midwicket would have been a success.

He might hit from cowl to midwicket with such ease. Take Sidhu. Belter of the ball. Once, within the nets, he hit the ball within the air and Bedi ordered him to run six for that shot. Madan Lal had the sport for T20. Bowlers like Bedi and Venkataraghavan would have shackled the batsmen. Prasanna would have overwhelmed the batsmen along with his artwork within the air. I have not forgotten Viswanath. He would have made a mockery of the sector by selecting gaps with ridiculous ease. I might go on.”

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