Kapil’s Devils felicitated in Dubai

October 24th, 2008 - 5:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Oct 24 (IANS) In a grand finale to the silver jubilee celebrations of India’s 1983 cricket World Cup victory, Kapil’s Devils were felicitated and a replica of the Prudential Trophy unveiled for auction at a function here Thursday night.The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Minister for Higher Education Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan honoured the champion side at a glittering function at the new ‘Atlantis, The Palm’ resort on the Palm Jumeira artificial island off the coast of Dubai.

All members of that champion side, except for Dilip Vengsarkar, were present on the occasion as nostalgia filled the air in the ‘Legends of Lords’ event.

The champions were presented with a miniature crystal replica of the Prudential Cup and a diamond-studded replica of the original trophy was unveiled for auction.

Proceeds from the auction, to be held over the next two months, will go to the members of the team.

Speaking on the occasion, Kapil Dev, the man who held that trophy aloft for India, spoke about his teammates and dotted his speech with anecdotes.

On his part, Sheikh Nahyan spoke about the deep ties between India and the UAE with cricket as a great booster.

Stand-up comedian Cyrus Broacha compered the evening’s proceedings.

Apart from Kapil, those present were Mohinder Amarnath, Sunil Gavaskar, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Madan Lal, Sandeep Patil, Roger Binny, Kirti Azad, Yashpal Sharma, Syed Kirmani, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Ravi Shastri and Sunil Valson.

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