My big bang will shake my detractors, says Kapil

Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2001, 20:45 [IST]
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Cuttack: Cricket legend Kapil Dev on Tuesday said he would come up with a big bang that could shake his detractors who 'dragged' him in the match-fixing scandal.
"I will come out with a big dhamaka and it will be in the media for at least five days," the Haryana hurricane said when asked whether he thought of suing the cricketer, who dragged him into the scandal. Though reluctant to talk about the charges made against him by a fellow cricketer, Kapil said it was the media, which had put him on the front pages of newspapers for about 100 days. "The front pages are the preserve of politicians, and I would have been happy to be on the sports page," Kapil, slowly inching closer to cricket after a self-imposed exile from the game following the match-fixing allegations, told reporters on Monday. In the city on a business trip, Kapil relented to comment on cricketing matters after he was first asked about his coming out to help speedster Ashish Nehra to iron out his bowling. "Cricket has made me what I am today. If any youngster seeks my help I am prepared to help him out," said Kapil who was here in connection with the signing of the agreement between his firm Dev-Mushko Lighting Private Ltd and Orissa Cricket Association for floodlighting the Barabati Stadium. The Rs four crore project would be completed within 120 days, the former all-rounder said. On India's performance, Kapil said much should not be read into the sequence of nine losses the team had suffered in Limited Overs finals in recent times. "Sometime it happens, but we should believe in the team. We must remember that the boys had played well each time to reach the finals." Replying to questions about the frequent injuries to cricketers in recent times, he said, "May be they are facing more pressure. "I might have been lucky," he said in reference to the comparatively injury-free career he enjoyed. "If the boys work hard during the off-season, they will be fit during the matches." Right now, Kapil said, he was fully occupied in managing his business and was seriously pursuing golf. "I am practising four hours a day and my aim is to represent the country in the sport," he said of his new love. Kapil expressed happiness at a state like Orissa churning out classy cricketers in recent times. "It shows that the appeal of the game has spread far and wide across India." Asked as to which cricketing memory he treasured most, he quickly replied, "Definitely the World Cup victory in England in 1983." Of his memories at Cuttack, Kapil said he would always remember the experience of rising early in his Bhubaneswar hotel and driving all the way to Cuttack for a game.

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