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Monday, July 14, 2008

Kapil's Devils hope India wins 2011 World Cup

London: What they did 25-years back is what now Kapil's Devils want to witness at the next World Cup in 2011 -- watching an Indian captain holding the most coveted cricket World Cup Trophy.
The World Cup winning team members on Wednesday relived their glorious moments at the Lord's -- the mecca of cricket -- as they celebrated the silver jubilee of their historic win in 1983 when they defeated dreaded West Indies in the final.
The cricketers, led by Kapil Dev, visited the Lord's ground and spoke optimistically about India winning the next World Cup.
The winning captain Kapil Dev opened a champaign bottle as he did after the 1983 win and said the Indian team has it to emulate the feat.
"We can definitely win in 2011 and we were very close to winning more than once. Beating west Indies was a glorious moment," he said.
"Why not. Now we have started believing that we have that capacity." The legendary Sunil Gavaskar, for whom the greatest moment in his career was watching Kapil Dev lifting the Prudential Cup, echoed the same sentiments.
"Yes, we have very good chance. We have now plenty of options. In 2011 India will be able to win the trophy and break the jinx of countries not winning the World Cup as hosts," Gavaskar said.
On being asked how he got the idea of this celebration, Gavaskar said when he came across a table plan at the Lord's then he decided that they should have a silver jubilee celebration of the World Cup victory. 
BCCI President Sharad Pawar said the win recorded 25-years back was instrumental in changing the cricketing landscape in India. "The 1983 victory changed everything in India cricket. Kapil Dev really changed the game," he said adding "that cricket is now religion in India." Pawar, who is also Union Agriculture minister in the Congress led UPA government, said such is the influence of cricket in India that not only common man but the political circles take keen interest in the game.
"As on today, the silver jubilee celebrations is a major news in my country though there is a political crisis." The Cricket Board president reminded the audience of India's good performance in international cricket and insisted India are the team to watch in the next World Cup, which it will co-host along with continent neighbours.
"This year India won the under-19 world Cup and also Twenty20 World Cup and the women's team lifted the Asia Cup.
"We are quite confident that with the so much of hidden talent that has come up after the IPL tournament India are in a better position to give a good account of itself in the next World Cup," Pawar said