World champion captain Kapil Dev gets a big responsibility, appointed as PGTI president

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. Kapil Dev, the world champion captain of the Indian cricket team, is going to start a new innings. This legend, who captained India's 1983 World Cup winning team, has taken over as the new President of the Indian Professional Golf Tour (PGTI). This post is a new beginning for this eminent former cricketer, who also performed brilliantly as an amateur golfer.

65-year-old Kapil was already a member of the PGTI board as vice-chairman. He was elected unanimously. He will replace HR Srinivasan whose term has ended. Kapil is known to be a good golfer. Talking about his new position, Kapil said, “It is an honour for me to become the President of PGTI. I have been associated with this organisation for the last few years. It is a players' organisation and I am a very good friend of all of them and I often play with them.”

Kapil said golf has been his passion for the past three decades. The former cricketer said he had dreamt of representing India at the Asian Games when only amateur players were allowed to participate. “And now it's the sport I spend most of my time in. I have been vice-president and I am on the board, so I am very proud to be elected president by the players. I promise to do my best as always,” he said.

Kapil has been at the forefront of trying to bring in new sponsors for the PGTI. He has managed to organise one of the most lucrative tournaments on the tour, the Kapil Dev Grant Thornton Invitational at the DLF Golf and Country Club with a prize money of Rs 2 crore. India's top star players like Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal, Jyoti Randhawa, Shiv Kapur are his close golf friends.

Kapil Dev's brilliant cricket career

Kapil played cricket for India from 1978 to 1994. One of the greatest all-rounders of all time, Kapil played 131 Tests and 225 ODIs. India won the 1983 World Cup under his captaincy. His unbeaten 175-run innings in the 1983 World Cup is considered one of the best innings in the history of the game. In Test cricket, he scored 5248 runs with the help of eight centuries and took 434 wickets, which was a world record at the time. He also scored 3783 runs in ODIs and took 253 wickets in this format.

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