A statue of India’s first-ever Test captain Col C K Nayudu was unveiled by former skipper Anil Kumble at Machilipatnam town near Amaravati on Tuesday. Also Read - 'Attempts Being Made to Topple Democratically Elected Govt', Andhra CM Complains to CJI Against Supreme Court Judge
“I am privileged to unveil Col Nayudu’s statue in his hometown. Nayudu was a great cricketer who laid strong foundations for the development of the game in India,” Kumble said on the occasion. Also Read - IPL 2020: Ravi Bishnoi Credits Anil Kumble For Backing His Skills And Advise to Stay Calm
The ace leg-spinner also laid the foundation for the construction of the Masula Sports Complex and Athletics Stadium, being built on a 13-acre site at a cost of Rs 15 crore. Also Read - IPL 2020 Kings XI Punjab Team Preview: With Anil Kumble-KL Rahul in Ranks, 'Perennial Underachievers' KXIP Eye Maiden Title in UAE
Speaking on the occasion, Kumble hailed the state government’s initiatives aimed at developing sports infrastructure and nurturing talent.
“Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has taken steps to ensure that every child in Andhra Pradesh has access to sport, gets trained, gets nurtured so that they all become future Olympians of our country. I am only hopeful that someday, someone from this crowd will go on to bring laurels for India in Indian sport,” he said.
“Hopefully, in a years time we will see the stadium buzzing with activities and all the children will be playing there,” Kumble said.
State Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kollu Ravindra and Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh Chairman Ankamma Chowdary were also present.