Former Indian cricket team captain and ODI World Cup winner Kapil Dev, who was invited as the chief guest to unveil India’s team jersey at an event in Mumbai, was left fuming when a reporter asked a question about Pakistan. Coming close in the wake of the Uri attack by Pakistan-based JeM on Sunday that led to the killing of Indian soldiers by terrorists, this question was shot down by Kapil Dev without mincing words.
The question at the media conference was regarding the absence of Pakistan team at the Kabaddi World Cup. In the weeks leading up to the announcement, Pakistan was very much in the frame, but it fell out when the final list of all the teams participating at the World Cup were released.
Replying to the question, a clearly affected Kapil Dev said, “If you are a Hindustani you should not ask the question at all. Is it the time to ask this question?”
This interaction happened after Kapil Dev had unveiled the team jersey and the naming of the captain of the Indian kabaddi team – Anup Kumar from Haryana was named skipper.
Kapil Dev followed up his initial reaction with a more downplayed comment saying, “Such things should be left to the government to decide. As sportsmen representing the country if we are told to jump into a pond, we will do it.”
The Kabaddi World Cup tournament will start on October 7 and the venue for it will be in Ahmedabad. As many as 12 teams, including India, will take part in the event. The list includes Iran, South Korea, Bangladesh, USA, England, Australia, Poland, Thailand, Japan, Argentina, and Kenya. This will be the third time that the tournament will be held, the first time being in 2004 and second in 2007.