“It feels good. In this country everyone has the feeling that a cricketer gets everything. So it is the duty of every cricketer like us to promote other sports as well because other players spend as much time as the cricketers but if you don’t can live on golf then it feels discouraging. So I think if we can put more money into that and thanks to our sponsors like those people come to us, we feel like the players of the next generation can make a name for themselves,” Kapil Dev told ANI.
Every player has a passion, so I want more and more kids to play. There should be an infrastructure for them, he added.
About the infrastructure that other sports provide, Kapil Dev said: “The most important thing is that we have to focus on our infrastructure. If a young person is given the opportunity, only he can become a player. I’m not saying that cricket has done its best, but they have given every player a good infrastructure that’s why cricket excels i would say we as PGTI should invest money there to create small driving ranges where children can show their talent, because it is not the case that only elite people can practice this sport. Anyone can play and the more middle class people play, it generates a new level of energy.”
The legendary Indian cricketer said that young people must have a passion to achieve their goals and prove to the world that they have the talent.
“My only message to young people is that passion has to be there to achieve something. You have to play, but there has to be a purpose behind it that I want to achieve something. You have to prove to yourself and the world that you have the talent and they can do it Enjoy it and if you can make it your profession, why not,” he added.
Indian cricketing legend Kapil Dev announced on Monday the launch of a new annual golf tournament, in partnership with the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) – India’s official body for judging professional golf for men. The tournament is called the Kapil Dev – Grant Thornton Invitational, hosted by DLFwhere professionals play together with amateurs, corporates and famous golfers.
The tournament, to be played from September 27-30, 2022, will be the first-ever full-field PGTI event to be played at the Gary Player Course of the DLF Golf and Country Club in gurugram. Considered to be one of the most spectacular and challenging courses in the world, the Gary Player Course is expected to test the skills of all professionals and amateurs alike.