Shifting or bouncing, a cricket ball was once by no means a priority for Brian Lara however one of the crucial harmful batsmen ever ended up with a headache whilst looking to keep watch over ‘foolish little golfing balls’.
“Sure, golfing is a peculiar sport. I used to be in a position to coping with shifting and bouncing cricket balls, however this little foolish ball, sitting at the floor, gave me slightly a headache early on for few years, however taught me how you can be disciplined in controlling the ball,” Lara mentioned on Tuesday talking about his love for the sport.
Lara took to golfing in 1994 after he beat Sir Garfield Sobers’ document of the best Check knock and has gained titles within the Caribbean. Talking about different cricketers, who’ve taken to golfing, Lara mentioned whilst Kapil Dev and Jacques Kallis’ love for the game is widely recognized, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting is one of the best possible.
“We’ve got been listening to about Jacques Kallis and Kapil Dev, however the most productive that I’ve noticed is Ricky Ponting. His hanging is a bit of higher and he’s constant on that entrance,” he mentioned. He additionally recalled an example of taking part in along Kapil Dev in an American event.
“We had been taking part in in a event in america. I used to be up in opposition to an American beginner. He defeated me. After that I went as much as Kapil and mentioned, ‘this American man is improbable’.
“Kapil nodded funnily and went in opposition to him. He returned most effective to inform me he wiped clean the American in 15 holes. This is Kapil, a right kind golfer right here,” he mentioned.
Lara mentioned he targeted extra on cricket than golfing as a result of he felt the sport would have an effect on his batting.
“Beautiful early, once I began taking part in golfing, I used to be in comparison to Garfield Sobers, who performed each cricket and golfing. In cricket, you will have to stay your wrist as directly as imaginable, not like golfing.
“This itself was once an issue, and therefore, I didn’t play a lot of golfing in my taking part in days,” mentioned the mythical left-hander.
“There weren’t many left-handed golfers too. I did transfer to play right-handed lovely quickly, however didn’t felt at ease as a result of taking part in left-handed in cricket got here naturally to me. This additionally made me focal point no longer a lot on golfing,” he mentioned.
First Revealed: Nov 06, 2018 18:15 IST