Lockdown — a phrase that must be drilled into the minds of voters. “A word,” as former India captain and one of the most sport’s biggest all-rounders Kapil Dev observes, “that has 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 elaborates: “It can be taken in a positive way. Lockdown 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 of all is the interaction you have with your family.”
To keep centered, Kapil has taken up more than a few duties within 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 several years. I give the cook a break. I cook for everyone. I take turns to do the dishes. I learnt all this when playing in England and Romi joined me.”
Being a sportsman has helped him face difficult eventualities with equanimity, Kapil says. “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 previous spells. I have read and heard how the human race has fought and set examples when dealing with crises. 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 difficult section, believes Kapil, will make other folks extra accountable. “People will remember the lessons in hygiene now. They will learn to wash their hands and not to spit and urinate in public. We have to keep our surroundings clean. Wish we had learnt these lessons earlier, but hope this generation will not make those mistakes. I was lucky I could learn from my seniors and am thankful to them.”
Kapil picked Bishan Singh Bedi and Sunil Gavaskar for particular point out. “Bedi taught me the enjoyment and significance of being large-hearted. Life turns into easy when you find yourself large-hearted. Sunil taught me to devise. He would stay making plans.
“Even when he was once batting towards me, he was once wearing sufficient to advise me. He informed me to bowl from with reference to the wicket as a result of he discovered it tough to select my out-swinger. What a lesson I learnt from the artist. Also, my technology of cricketers didn’t criticise children,” he says.
Masters of the sport
Reflecting on colleagues from his taking part in days, Kapil talked of the way a few of them would had been superstars in present occasions too. “Sunil would had been a sought-after batsman in T20. Srikkanth began T20 in 1985 when he was once smashing Imran Khan and Wasim Akram over quilt and mid-off. We used to surprise ‘what is this guy doing’. Yashpal, together with his bottom-hand photographs over midwicket would had been successful. He may hit from quilt to midwicket with such ease.
“Take Sidhu (Navjot Singh). 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 T20s. Bowlers like Bedi and Venktaraghavan would have shackled batsmen. Prasanna would have crushed the batsmen together with his artwork within the air. I’ve no longer forgotten (Gundappa) Viswanath. He would have made a mockery of the sphere through choosing gaps with ridiculous ease. I may cross on and on,” he says.