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Pressure, depression are American words, Saina Nehwal a true champion: Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev said Saina Nehwal is a real champion because she plays an individual sport, while his 1983 Indian cricket team were just a group who achieved something because they loved playing.

Pressure, depression are American words, Saina Nehwal a true champion: Kapil Dev
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The Bridge Desk

Updated: 9 Oct 2022 8:15 AM GMT

Speaking about the difference between being a champion in an individual sport - like Saina Nehwal in Badminton - and succeeding as a team, former Indian cricketer Kapil Dev said he is surprised how frequently the word 'pressure' is used in sports these days.

Speaking at the 'Chat with Champions' event recently, Kapil Dev said, "Playing was passion for us. I hear on TV frequently these days that there is a lot of pressure playing in the IPL. These are American words - pressure, depression. I don't understand all this, I am a farmer who enjoyed playing. If you enjoy, how can there be pressure?"

He added that there can be some mental battles in individual sports like Badminton, but in a team sport it is all about enjoyment.

"We were a team, team games are totally different. Saina Nehwal is a true champion. I never called myself a champion. We were a group of people who achieved something," he said on the 1983 World Cup win.

Saina Nehwal said the trick is to enjoy the pressure and turn it into a source of enjoyment. "Don't make it a struggle, do your best with a happy heart," said Saina.

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