Leicester

Kapil Dev opens Soar Valley College cricket pitch

Former Indian cricketer Kapil Dev at Soar Valley College in Leicester
Image caption Kapil Dev was named as the Indian Cricketer of the Century by cricketing bible Wisden

An Indian sport legend was at a Leicester school to officially open its new cricket pitch.

Kapil Dev not only greeted students at Soar Valley College, but shared his batting and bowling skills with them during his visit.

Members of the school's cricket team said it was "a dream come true" to meet their "role model".

The all-rounder, who retired in 1994, captained the Indian cricket team to victory in the 1983 World Cup.

He said the reception he received from staff and pupils was "lovely, a lot of love and affection".

"It's good to see the next generation playing the game," Dev said.

'Proud and privileged'

Mel Berry, the school's principal, said the students were "absolutely thrilled" to meet the former cricketer.

"To have somebody of the stature of Kapil Dev to officially open our cricket pitch is a real honour for the school and also its community - we all feel very proud and privileged," said Mr Berry.

Major work has recently been carried out at the college as part of the Building Schools for the Future initiative.

After leaving the school, the former cricketer was driven through Melton Road and Belgrave Road for a question-and-answer session at Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre.

Leicester's Golden Mile was lined with hundreds of fans wanting to catch a glimpse of the man who first led India to World Cup glory.

Dev has been named as the Indian Cricketer of the Century by cricketing bible Wisden.

He took more than 400 wickets and made over 5,000 runs in Test matches.

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