Candid with Kapil Dev!

When Captain Kapil Dev took the Indian cricket team to the World Cup in England in June 1983, no one had any expectation from the team, but they eventually went on to win the cup! Everything changed on June 25, when Kapil dev, along with his teammates raised the trophy for the first time ever at Lord’s.

With the movie release of 83 scheduled for release in April, Kapil Dev is very curious to know how their effort based on the journey of the tournament will look on the big screen. The movie is being directed by Kabir Singh and will star Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev. Deepika Padukone will be seen playing the role of Romi – Kapil Dev’s wife. Tahir Raj Bhasin will play the role of Sunil Gavaskar.

In a recent interview, Kapil Dev said, “You naturally feel proud of the fact when people have no expectation of the result but you've used the opportunity to deliver the best. For us, the winning of World Cup in 1983 was just that. We played out of sheer passion, and I think in any journey the difficult part comes when expectation arises. All of us have shared our side of the story and the kind of memory we have. Now it is up to Kabir (Khan) how he weaves the story around it. I am sure the way I look at the story of the 1983 World Cup would be different from my other teammates. Now, I am curious to see how Kabir puts our story together. He is an expert in storytelling. Although I am curious to watch the film, I have no expectation of how the film will be appreciated or the kind of feedback it will get.”

When asked to comment on the looks of Ranveer Singh in this upcoming movie, Kapil Dev said, “I was surprised! At one glimpse, from a distance, there is an uncanny similarity. Of course in close-up, one can understand that it is Ranveer Singh and not me! But I have to say the makeup artist has done a great job. I appreciate that. I sat with Ranveer and we had long chat. We are very different people.”

One of the greatest all-rounders in the history of cricket, Kapil Dev tried to pursue golf post his retirement from cricket in 1994. The legendary cricketer said, “I played for my country as a cricketer, so I am a cricketer first. But yes, I enjoy golf equally.”

Born in Chandigarh, Kapil Dev had a brilliant career, hauling 434 wickets and scored 5,248 runs in the test matches among many other records!              - IANS