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Kapil, Ganguly launch sport-viewing app for smartphones

February 14, 2014 10:25 IST

Kapil, Ganguly launch sport-viewing app for smartphones

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Telecom operator Vodafone and Star India announced a tie-up on Thursday through which the broadcaster's sports telecasts can be viewed on mobile phones, which was welcomed by former India captains Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly in Mumbai.

"Technology has gone way beyond my imagination. When I was playing cricket I never thought a situation would be such that we will actually witness what we used to see in America or Europe, where advanced technology was there," he said at the media conference to announce the tie-up.

Ganguly remembered the 1983 World Cup league match between India and Zimbabwe, in which Kapil made a glorious, unbeaten 175 to rescue his team from dire straits.

"I remember the 1983 World Cup. I remember the day when you (Kapil) got those runs. I was hearing it on the radio on the top of my roof and I was flying the kite. I believe BBC was shut on that particular day (because of a strike by the employees).


Image: Former India cricket captains Sourav Ganguly and Kapil Dev at the Vodafone-Star India tie-up in Mumbai on Thursday
Photographs: Sanjay Sawant/Rediff.com

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'Good to see age-group cricket broadcast on TV'

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"I have seen both these eras and I was a bit fortunate to play in an era where television had come in and television was slowly getting bigger from 1996 and Star was involved in the cricket even when I started captaining Team India," Ganguly said.

The former captain said it was good to see age-group cricket being televised as most modern day cricketers have emerged from these competitions.

"That is where everything starts. Virat Kohli was the under-19 captain about five-six years ago and he is one of your stars. It is from age-group cricket that everyone has played and come through the ranks. It is great to see that they are recognised," he said.

Ganguly said though he was keen to go to Brazil and watch the football World Cup this year, he would be unable to do so as the mega event clashed with India's tour of England and he intended to watch the football action on his cell phone.


Image: Sourav Ganguly
Photographs: Sanjay Sawant/Rediff.com

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