Lt Col Kapil Dev readies for battle

Published: Friday, February 20, 2009, 14:04 [IST]
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Kapil Dev to get his battle readiness checked

New Delhi: Former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev, who was inducted into the Territorial Army five months ago, will undergo a three-day battle efficiency test here beginning on Friday.

"The orientation or familiarisation of Kapil Dev will begin on Friday. The battle efficiency test as it is being called will also include firing practice," an army offical said.

Kapil Dev, who scripted history by leading the Indian team to victory in the 1983 World Cup, was commissioned into the 150 TA (Infantry) battalion of the Punjab Regiment.

The 50-year-old legendary cricketer is now an honorary Lieutenant Colonel. He received his badges of rank from the Indian Army chief on Sep 24, 2008.

Having inspired thousands of youth in the country to pick up a bat and ball, Kapil Dev now hopes to inspire them to don the Olive Green to protect the nation.

The Territorial Army is a part-time citizen's force which functions as a "vital adjunct" to the regular army.

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