In what could be termed as awe-inspiring, the Delhi-based reigning supreme golfer Shiv Kapur, who is also the Arjuna Award winner revealed the Indian skipper and batting mainstay Virat Kohli had inspired him to focus thoroughly on his fitness.
Briefing the media gathering at the Delhi Golf Course, soon after his emphatic win, Kapur recalled he backed himself after watching Kohli coming to bat against New Zealand in the second Twenty20 International in Rajkot.
“I was watching cricket yesterday and when Kohli came into bat and I said that’s the attitude you should have,” Kapur was quoted as saying by PTI.
Kapur was inspired by Kohli’s innings of 42-ball 65 on Saturday when India lost quick wickets at the top while adding the latter’s stay instilled confidence in him to achieve big
“He takes on the ball from first delivery and all the pressure was on him and that was kind of message I tried to tell myself,” Kapur maintained.
The 35-year-old Kapur stated before lifting his third overall title of the Asia Tour on Sunday (November 5) during the Panasonic Open gold competition; he took his fitness seriously like the birthday boy Kohli has had working hard to stay fit since emerging onto the international scene in 2008.
Interestingly, Kapur has now set his eyes on the Yo-Yo test in next 45 days in a bid to break into the 2020 Olympic Games.
In cricket, Yo-Yo test has been the hottest debate among the cricketers after many failed to pass the test in a bid to be considered for the national team.
“My goal is to stay fit and be ready for the Tokyo Olympics. Fitness will play a big part in it,” Kapur asserted.
After winning the title, Kapur is hopeful of coming good in the fixture futures, as he further started off the proceedings while being a joint leader at home circuit.
“I was playing the pro-am with Nikhil Chopra. I said to him, my goal is to pass the Yo-Yo test in 18 months and only then I will know if I am fit enough to play,” Kapur added.
Moreover, following three strokes, Kapur had his nerve at the home golf course – to register four-under 68, in order to lay his hands on the coveted trophy.
“When I was standing on that 14th tee, I said take it on. You got to be the guy who is going to win, you are expected to win and so go out there and do it,” Kapur concluded.
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