Former Indian Test cricketer, Syed Kirmani, unveiled the World Cup 2011 Trophy on Wednesday and hoped that the Indian team can lift the tournament after 28 years gap, playing at home conditions.
Kirmani, a member of the 1983 World Cup winning Indian squad, recalled the triumph of the Kapil Dev-led side and said the country's win taught the cricketing fraternity that any team could claim the championship on its day.
With good wishes to the Indian side for the mega event next year, he said, "The performance this year is a good omen. We had been waiting for 28 years to win the World Cup. Hopefully, this will happen in 2011 and Sachin Tendulkar's dream to win the World Cup in his career is fulfilled."
Kirmani praised the Indian side for their 2-0 clean sweep against Australia in the Test series and said that Test cricket will remain to be exciting as ever.
"It was an excellent performance. Everyone, in fact, you people (media) had said Test cricket should not be played.
It will dim. Now see what sort of results are coming out. Two days ago, everyone felt it (Bangalore Test) was going to be a draw. But now you see what has happened."
The former wicketkeeper also had praises for Sachin Tendulkar and termed him as a "legendary cricketer".
"Whenever he bats, he makes history or crosses some milestones. Hopefully, he will make some unbreakable records," Kirmani said.