Former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev congratulated the Indian team for winning the Under-19 World Cup. "A new generation (of cricketers) has arrived which is going to tomorrow play for India. They made us proud. I was watching the match throughout the day. What wonderful cricket they played," Kapil said during the inaugural ceremony of the "Telangana T20 League" cricket tournament on Saturday.
The cricket legend recalled his association with the city and said that he played a lot of cricket here when he was a young cricketer.
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"When I was a young boy, I played so much cricket here in Hyderabad and Secunderabad," he said.
The U-19 India team lifted a record fourth U-19 World Cup trophy after an eight-wicket rout of Australia in the final, underlining their dominant run in the tournament and giving Rahul Dravid the biggest success of his coaching career. India eased past the Australians in both batting and bowling as four bowlers took two wickets whereas it was Manjot Kalra's unbeaten ton who helped India chase down the target, giving India their fourth title.
As it has been the case throughout the tournament, India had all their bases covered with bowlers' bouncing backing to dismiss Australia for 216 from 183 for four at one stage.
The highly-rated batting, barring a minor blip, completed the job with conviction as India chased down the modest target in 38.5 overs.
Former middle-order batsman, VVS Laxman, also spoke at the inaugural ceremony of the tournament.
(With PTI Inputs)