‘He’d bowl and play for eight hours constantly’ – Kapil Dev lauds Ranveer Singh’s efforts in emulating him on the screen
In a match against Zimbabwe, Kapil Dev played a knock of 175 runs not out after coming in to bat at 9 runs for 4 wickets.
Updated - Jan 7, 2020 1:18 pm
After the release of the first look of Ranveer Singh playing the first World Cup-winning captain of India, Kapil Dev, the legendary cricketer showered praise for the actor for his efforts. Kapil who led an underdog Indian team to a World Cup win in 1983 is regarded as one of the best all-rounders world cricket has ever seen. Kapil on the 6th of January celebrated his 61st birthday.
All set to release later this year, the movie titled ’83 has its story based around India’s World Cup win in 1983. The film traces back all the struggles and tough situations the team in 1983 had to go through. Everything from the label of underdogs being given to the side to the semi-finals being regarded as a walk-over for the English team will be portrayed in the film.
As reported by Filmfare, Kapil Dev after the release of the first look of Ranveer playing Kapil was released on his birthday, the legendary cricketer had plenty of praise for the actor. Kapil said that Ranveer, in the pursuit to perfect his style of play and bring it as close to Kapil’s, would practice 8 hours a day, even in intense heat.
He said, “I’d see him (Ranveer Singh) work so hard on bowling, he’d bowl and play for eight hours constantly to understand the rhythm, and would do so in the peak of summer.”
Kapil even said that Ranveer’s training schedule was harder than those who play the sport professionally. He also had concerns regarding the actor’s fitness because straining the body so hard can be taxing for professionals. Kapil told, “In such conditions, even cricketers avoid training to prevent injuries. So, I feared for his fitness.”
Ranveer Singh stayed with Kapil Dev for 10 full days
The legendary cricketer also brought to light the fact that in an attempt to study his daily routine, lifestyle, pronunciation and actions, Ranveer stayed with him for 10 full days. All this while, he would keep a close eye on what the cricketer was doing and more importantly how was he doing it.
Kapil Dev’s journey from rags to riches, which many dream of seeing on the big screen along with the struggle of the team that was in England in 83 will all be a part of the film. One of the main talking points that will be in focus will be the recreation of one of the greatest innings of Kapil.
In a match against Zimbabwe, he played a knock of 175 runs not out after coming in to bat at 9 runs for 4 wickets. The inning was not recorded or broadcasted by any channel and this will be the time when fans who weren’t able to see it and even many cricketers to see how it all happened on the field that day.