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Could deal with the moving ball but Lara says 'silly little golf balls' flummoxed him

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Moving or bouncing, a ball was never a concern for but one of the most destructive batsmen ever ended up with a while trying to control "silly little balls".

"Yes, is a weird game. I was capable of dealing with moving and bouncing balls, but this little silly ball, sitting on the ground, gave me quite a early on for few years, but taught me how to be disciplined in controlling the ball," Lara told on Tuesday speaking about his love for the game.

Lara took to in 1994 after he beat Sir Garfield Sober's record of the highest Test knock and has won titles in the

Speaking about other cricketers, who have taken to golf, Lara said while and Jacques Kallis' love for the sport is well known, former Australian is among the best.

"We have been hearing about and Kapil Dev, but the best that I have seen is His putting is a little better and he is consistent on that front," he said.

He also recalled an instance of playin alongside in an American tournament.

"We were playing in a tournament in the US. I was up against an American amateur. He defeated me. After that I went up to Kapil and said, 'this American guy is unbelievable'.

"Kapil nodded funnily and went against him. He returned only to tell me he cleaned the American in 15 holes. That is Kapil, a proper here," he said.

Lara said he focused more on than golf because he felt the game would affect his

"Pretty early, when I started playing golf, I was compared to Garfield Sobers, who played both cricket and golf. In cricket, you should keep your wrist as straight as possible, unlike golf.

"This itself was a problem, and hence, I did not play much of golf in my playing days," said the legendary left-hander.

"There were not many left-handed golfers too. I did switch to play right-handed pretty soon, but did not felt comfortable because playing left-handed in cricket came naturally to me. This also made me focus not much on golf," he said.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 17:40 IST