New Delhi: After Shiv Sena came down heavily up on Sachin Tendulkar's 'Mumbai for all' statement, the legendary Indian cricketer Kapil Dev backed the master blaster's comments in which he described himself as being an Indian first and then a Maharashtrian.
Former world cup winning captain said that he became more proud of Sachin after his 'I"m an Indian first" comment.
"I fully agree with him (Sachin). He is right is saying that he is an Indian first and then a Maharashtrian.
The former captain said that he was disappointed by the fact that no Mumbai players like Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Dilip Vengsarkar defended Sachin when he was verbally attacked by Shiv Sena.
Replying to a question at a press meet on the eve of completing 20 years in international cricket, Sachin had said, Mumbai belongs to India. I am a Maharashtrian and am extremely proud to proud of that, but I am an Indian first.
In the party mouthpiece Saamna, Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray criticised Sachin Tendulkar for saying that he was an Indian first and then a Maharashtrian and asked him to stay away from political issues.