Kapil Dev thanked Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the lifetime achievement award and also said that everyone should play the game in the right spirit.


He also thanked all the captains he has played under and those players who played under his tenure as captain. He said, ” When we started playing, it was only for passion as we didn’t think about any awards. I would like to thank all the captains under whom I have played. Bishan Bedi, Sunil, Venkat [S Venkataragahavan], Gundappa Viswanath. I would like to thank my family who allowed me to play the game for so much time. I believe all of us including me should feel proud for making the game popular in the country.”