Cricketing inspiration behind Shiv Kapur’s dramatic turnaround

On the Asian Tour and struggling to make a mark in the first six events this year, Shiv Kapur ended a long wait for a title in Chinese Taipei.

Published: 02nd May 2017 04:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd May 2017 04:20 AM   |  A+A-

With comeback on track, Shiv Kapur is eager to improve his rankings

Express News Service

CHENNAI: Staging a comeback is the toughest challenge that a professional career can throw at a sportsperson. Partly because the process of turning a new leaf involves going through old routines over and over again. Also because it becomes a test of patience, where rewards are not assured.

Shiv Kapur’s story has just crossed that turn. If missing his European Tour berth last year was not bad enough, surgery for a liver abscess last September sidelined him for three months. On the Asian Tour and struggling to make a mark in the first six events this year, the 35-year-old ended a long wait for a title in Chinese Taipei on Sunday.

Other than crediting family and friends, the Delhi golfer also revealed receiving support from peers, notable among them cricketers other than golfers. “Dean Jones told me recently over dinner in Sri Lanka ‘the day you realise how good you are, you’ll be back’. Sportsmen understand that to appreciate the highs, it’s important to accept the lows. Their words are a great lift when things are not going your way,” Kapur told Express on Monday.

A “huge cricket fan”, the Indian with the best record at US Open (tied 23rd, 2014) said he benefited also from talking to top golfers like Lee Westwood, but the names he mentions are mostly from 22 yards, who have a liking for the greens and fairways. “Mahela Jayawardene, Robin Uthappa, Ajay Jadeja, Kapil Dev, I’ve interacted with a few. Many have gone through the same experience. When you hit rock bottom, coming back is about mental fortitude. It’s nice to bounce these things off them,” said Kapur.

The sizzling last round of 8-under 64 at the Yeangder Heritage event (best of the tournament) that lifted him to 13th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit may also restart the process of climbing up the ranking table. In the 140s at the start of 2014, Kapur has jumped to 368 from 659 after his second Asian title, 12 years after the first. The participant in four Majors, who won an Asian Games individual gold in 2002 before turning pro, is eager to be back among the elite.

“It was a dream to play the Olympics, but I missed the chance last year. I’m determined to make it in 2020. I’m off to Thailand in two weeks, US Open qualifiers after that. I can’t control rankings, but can control what I do. I’ll keep believing in the old cliché of taking it one shot at a time.” So far, it has worked for him.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp