Kapil heaps praise on triumphant Indians

Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Team India celebrate after beating Pakistan ICC Twenty20 World Championship finalNew Delhi: Former Indian captain Kapil Dev today congratulated the World Champion Team, saying this is a moment to enjoy, celebrate and is the greatest achievement of Indian cricket in the last so many years.

The captain of the 1983 World Cup winning team said, ''I don't have to say anything, our action, our feelings was very much there.

This is the greatest moment happened in the last so many years.'' Speaking to UNI by phone, Kapil heaped praises on Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his leadership qualities.

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''Excellent.... you know the victory is always very good, but I can only say he is going to have a tough time ahead so he should enjoy himself (for now), but back of his mind he should understand more cricket, tough cricket is coming which is very important. But he should liveve the moment and the moment is to celebrate for the next few days and then think for the next series so we can enjoy more.''

On who he thinks the credit of this historic win goes to, Kapil said, ''This is a team effort. When you win the World Cup, you don't need any other proof. This is 'the team'. About the youngsters in the team, he said, ''Everybody is fine. I just wish they should not get injured because the body pressure sometimes makes them stiff. I hope they can relax and have fun.'' ''The history has been made and let people talk about it and they should look ahead for what we have to do.'' On being asked what effect this victory will have on the game in the country, The ''Haryana Hurricane' said, ''I think very very important, because last year was a very bad for the Indian cricket.

Lot of fans, lot of people criticised the team, left the game, stopped thinking about cricket.

''This victory and performance was very much needed for India, and I think for Pakistan also. Somehow we should feel how wonderfully they played. Also because both the teams were out of the (ODI) World Cup. Suddenly, both emerged with a young team, so confident and playing positive.'' ''Playing positive, that was what the most important thing, playing positive cricket,'' Kapil stressed.


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