I hope the focus is not only on me in 83: Kapil Dev
MUMBAI: former winning captain of the World Cup of India Kapil Dev He hopes that the focus is not only on him, but on the whole team in the next '83 film that tells the story of the historic triumph of the 1983 World Cup.
In '83, directed by Kabir Khan, features Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev, who led the team to India's first-ever World Cup win against the mighty West Indies.
Tell him that the focus will be on him in the film, the legendary SUV, said: I hope not.
I am the captain, I am a team man. I think everyone should consider their performance. I don't look at my performance, it's the team's performance.
This is the cricket game. It is not about one person but everyone. All gave 100 percent and that's how the team won the World Cup, Dev told PTI in an interview.
The film, also starring Tahir Raj Bhasin, Pankaj Tripathi, Saqib Saleem, Hardy Sandhu, among others, is seen as one of the most anticipated films of 2020.
Dev said his job was to share as much information as possible with the manufacturers.
We know what we did. It is difficult to judge what they are going to put and do. So sit down and give your version of the story and let them do it, they are intelligent people, they have researched enough. he said.
The veteran cricketer said he was initially worried about how manufacturers will show the historic victory in the celluloid.
When I first heard the story, I was confused, I didn't know how it was going to happen. There is so much to talk about. You are worried how it will come out. We are a little worried and worried about how the movie will come out, but I hope everything is fine, he added.
Dev also trained Ranveer for the film and the entire cast was trained by former Indian players Balwinder Sandhu and Yashpal Sharma, who were part of the World Cup winning team.
Asked how important it is to get the formal training in cricket right, Dev said, I think it was not easy. You are trying to create something which happened 30 to 40 years back with so many characters. It is not just one Kapil Dev . There is a team of 14 players and to bring them all together, it is quite a tough job.
83, produced by Madhu Mantena, Vishnu Induri and Kabir, and presented by Reliance Entertainment, will be released on April 10.
Actually, when asked as captain how difficult it was to lead a team that considered himself helpless, Dev said: Nothing is difficult when you're enjoying something. When you are passionate about something, it is not difficult. Never taken as difficult. Never at all. It was nice and fantastic.
That is the way I see life. When you're in love, it's a good time, it's not a difficult time. Similarly, when you play for the country it is a good time, it is not a difficult time. If it's a difficult time, then don't play.
Competing with two West Indies World Champions, who had some of the best players of all time: Gordon Greenidge , Desmond Haynes Clive Llyod, Vivian Richards in the Lord's final, didn't seem easy, but Dev said that for him and his teammates the goal was to do their best.
India was out for only 183. So what was the discussion at the break and, according to Kapil, motivated the team saying they are the best.
Basically, we just wanted to enjoy and give our 100 percent. We had come here, so we must have done something really good, that kind of chat we had. On the ground, you don't seem like another team is bigger than you, you say, you're the best team and then you believe in yourself, he added.
He also said that while playing cricket, one should not look at the result, but play with a positive mindset.
You must keep doing the best you can. With sport one has to understand that you are not looking for the result, you are looking to play a good cricket. We just come in and start saying that our team is good enough, we are ready to win every game. You have to think positively. That is the only message I believe in.
When the team from India arrived on the field, Dev believes that from the beginning, every moment was a game change for them.
I think that since Balwinder Singh Sandhu's first wicket in the bowling alley that was also a game change, why just say that the capture (of Richards) changed the game. At every step, we were changing the game, he added. Sandhu fired Greenidge for 1.
Dev will turn 61 on January 6 and it's like any other day for him.
I like to spend the day as simple as possible. Nothing changes in that, he added.
The '83 team has recreated the winning entries of 175 Dev races against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Stadium.
Kabir had previously said that a video that captures the moment will be released on January 6, which is Dev's birthday.
Nice to be dating. Everything is wonderful, said Dev.