Mumbai: Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar again thanked the 1983 World Cup-winning Kapil's Devils for him having taken to cricket seriously in his life.
"I was inspired to take up playing the game with the season (hard) ball after the 1983 World Cup victory. Had it not happened things could have been different for me," said the champion batsman on Friday evening at the MIG Cricket Clubs felicitation function for five members of the 1983 World Cup-winning side.
"I have fond memories of that victory. I was just 10 years old when they won the World Cup and I did not even know at that time there were 11 players in the team. It was truly an incredible experience. I also celebrated the victory till late in the night that day (June 25) after getting permission from my parents," he said.
"That generation of cricketers was instrumental in inspiring youngsters to take up cricket," Tendulkar, who was the chief guest at the ceremony, said.
Tendulkar also fondly remembered the many afternoons he spent at the MIG ground in its infancy and pointed out that his son Arjun was following his footsteps now.