Modis can't erase Kapil Dev from Indian mind

Written by: Rajesh Krishna
Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 18:15 [IST]
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Modis can't erase Kapil from Indian mind

Not calling Kapil Dev to 2011 World Cup unveiling ceremony in Mumbai is a wrong the BCCI can never remove from its history.

BCCI had invited World cup heroes from the past like Clive Lloyd, Aranvinda De Dilva, Michael Bevan, Dilip vengsarkar and Balwinder Singh Sandhu to this function.

But Kapil Dev, the legendary Indian all-rounder, the man who lead India to to its only world cup victory in 1983 was not invited to the function..

Kapil Dev's links with ICL prompted the BCCI to keep him away from the function.

In fact , BCCI had completely forgotten Kapil's passionate and dedicated service to Indian cricket. He had not only rendered his best services to the Indian cricket for a decade and more, but had taken the country to its highest glory by leading the Indian team to World Cup victory in 1983.

Even if BCCI forget all the statistical facts which emphasise his greatness (400+ wickets, 5000+ runs, 175 not out ) , just the fact that he lead India to her only world cup win is a good enough reason to perch him atop that pinnacle.

Kapil Dev won't desert ICL

It was Kapil Dev who fundamentally transformed the face of Indian cricket. The man who took Indian cricket to the Indian streets and made it as the game of common man. If BCCI boasts itself as the richest cricket body in the world, it owes much to this champion cricketer.

BCCI has been insulting this legend since long and never gave him due respect. The former Indian captain was first forced to leave the chairmanship of NCA, and then his pension was terminated. And worst humiliation, the removal of his poster from the PCA stadium in Mohali. Such kind of insults are unthinkable, for greatest player India has ever produced.

Even if Kapil is associated with ICL, it was mandatory for BCCI to ensure the presence of Kapil in world-cup logo issue function. In fact, he was the most suitable person in India to issue this logo.

BCCI men have become money mongers who lacks any respect to country's national heroes. What does BCCI have to show, apart from its money?

A humiliating exit from the T20 WC 2009 was the worst possible result from the team of a board which is overflowing with some money. I hope some sanity prevails and the real cricketing hero of the country is given the respect he so deserves!

But whatever the BCCI does, there is one truth that will never change. The image of Kapil lifting the World Cup. BCCI can try its best to act as if Kapil never existed, but for each person in this country, that one moment of glory can never be erased from his/her mind.

Modis, Pawars and Niranjan Shahws will pave way for next business magnates, film stars and political kings. But Kapil Dev will remain as a hero for Indians forever.

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