Kapil Dev appointed president of Professional Golf Tour of India

NEW DELHI: Former Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev, who led India’s 1983 Cricket World Cup victory, has been appointed as the new president of the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI).

This transition marks an important stage in Dev’s sporting career, as he moves from a celebrated cricketer to a leadership role in another sport he is passionate about – golf. At the age of 65, Dev, previously vice-president, has been unanimously chosen to succeed HR Srinivasan as president of the PGTI.

Before venturing into golf, Kapil Dev had a distinguished cricket career, representing India from 1978 to 1994. Known as one of the greatest all-rounders, he played 131 Test matches and 225 One Day Internationals (ODIs), taking India to his first world championship. Cup victory in 1983.

His unbeaten 175 in the World Cup is celebrated as one of cricket’s greatest innings. Dev amassed 5,248 runs and picked up 434 wickets in Tests, held the world record for most Test wickets at a time, scored 3,783 runs and picked up 253 wickets in ODIs.

Dev’s association with golf is not new; he has been an avid golfer, at one point reaching a handicap close to zero. His involvement with the PGTI, both as a board member and as vice president, is longstanding.

Upon assuming the presidency, Dev expressed his honor and dedication to the role. “It is an honor to become chairman of PGTI, an organization with which I have been associated for quite a number of years now. It is a players’ organization and I am good friends with all of them and play with them often.” Kapil said, as quoted by PTI.

Golf has been an important part of Dev’s life for more than thirty years, a sport he turned to after his illustrious cricket career. He even aspired to represent India in golf at the Asian Games at a time when it was limited to amateurs.

“I have been vice president and am on the board, so it is an honor to be elected president by the players. I promise to do my best as I have always done. What gives me even more pleasure is that I will be able to spend more time with my golfing friends and play a little more,” he added.

His connections with India’s top golfers, including Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal and Shiv Kapur among others, are expected to strengthen his efforts to promote golf across the country.

One of Dev’s notable contributions to the PGTI includes the introduction of the Kapil Dev Grant Thornton Invitational at the DLF Golf and Country Club, which boasts significant prize money. His celebrity status and enthusiasm for golf has also seen him compete in prestigious events, including Dunhill Links, alongside world stars.