27 September, 2020

Victory At Lord's

The spirited under-15 team promises much for Indian cricket

Victory At Lord's

THERE was no 'cricket correspondent' to report their feat. No live telecasts back home. There were no fancy hotels to stay in. No ratings to play up to. There were no cars up for grabs. No girlfriends hanging around. Nothing. Yet, last week, when the 10-nation Lombard World Challenge for the Under-15 Cricket Championship ended, "by Lord's, it was India".

And, 13 years after Kapil's Devils changed the course of cricket at Lord's, Reetinder Sodhi's 'Innocent Angels' ignored howls of 'Pakistan Zindabad' to make a dream come true. Says Kapil Dev: "In 1983, I never realised how it felt to win the World Cup. We were all so overcome. Thanks to the boys, I now know."

 Win they did, against awesome odds. The Government had refused to fund the tour saying the BCCI was cash-flush. The BCCI, which made Rs 300 crore from the Wills World Cup, refused saying the School Games Federation of India, which sent the team, was not affiliated to the BCCI. When the boys were asked to pay Rs 40,000 each or skip the trip, Kapil stepped in. He donated Rs 2.5 lakh, and...



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