Everyone knows Kapil Dev and what he stood for. His incisive bowling that decimated the opposition, to his tremendously powerful batting that could trash the best of the opposition pacers and spinners alike is all part of the cricketing lore. Kapil is part of the god-like sporting pantheon in India, outstanding individuals who made their country proud with the laurels they brought with their smashing successes on the global stage.
Everyone knows Kapil Dev and what he stood for. His incisive bowling that decimated the opposition, to his tremendously powerful batting that could trash the best of the opposition pacers and spinners alike is all part of the cricketing lore. Kapil is part of the god-like sporting pantheon in India, outstanding individuals who made their country proud with the laurels they brought with their smashing successes on the global stage. That is all remembered whenever things cricket are discussed. One also is familiar with the fact that the Haryana hurricane also loves to wield a stick that is not a bat – golf is his love nowadays. But what most are not amiliar with, but are likely to get to know more and more, is Kapil Dev as an inspirational orator.
What makes us say this? Check out what he had to say during an inspirational speech at Shri Ram School Moulsari where he was addressing students who were clearly in awe of the man’s achievements. But more than that, Kapil Dev stole everyone’s hearts, be they students, their parents o the gathered faculty, with his words.
But before we delve deeper into that, let us put things in perspective. Kapil Dev does not hide the fact that he had a humble begining, but through hard work and enterprise he managed to wok his way up to the very pinnacle of sporting achievements before hanging up his boots, leaving behind records aplenty that served as a high benchmark for all the Indians who subsequently followded in his footsteps. Many of his records have been broken since then, however, it must be said that till date there has been no Indian ‘all-rounder’ that could come anywhere near Kapil Dev in terms of his explosive batting as well as his bowling prowesses. In fact, it is a truism that when Kapil Dev first came into limelight cricket was not really the premier Indian sport, it is today. That position ws reserved for hockey. But it was his ability to blast out the opposition in Tests and ODIs and win trophies for India, that made cricket the No. 1 sport in India. Among them, the best was that India won the ODI World Cup in 1983 under Kapil’s captaincy. Kapil is now one of the most respected indivduals in the country whose views on cricket are valued and his tips held to the heart by upcoming cricketers.
As far as speaking is concerned, Kapil was known fo his simple ways and outspokenness as well as his quaint manner of speaking. Many jokes were cracked about it. But there is no denying that Kapil has emerged as a strong force on the distinguished fellows’ speech circuit. His words carry meaning and there is no dearth of people wanting to know what he has to say. Getting back to the event at Shri Ram College, check out these gems that will go a, long way in improving the outlook of parents vis a vis kids and vice verca:
“I only believe one thing. We should be passionate about life. That’s the most important thing. Marks are good. It gives you the strength to fight, to take up challenges. But eventually, it’s the character which builds your life, not the marks.
“School is the first place where your character starts building. I just want to aks the parents. Don’t get into the ‘race’. What the parents dream up for the kids is unbelievable. No kid can fulfill that. ”
“Kids have to do certain things which we should, as parents, allow them to do. At the end of the day they have their own life. I would like to see, whatever my daughter wants to achieve, if I can take her to that.”
“(Kids) You can’t even imagine what your parents think of you. They always want you to do better than them. You should be proud for your parents for the kind of efforts they have taken to send you to this school and that you shoudld never forget.”