T20 win: Players' hometowns celebrate

A night of celebration followed the match all of us will remember for the rest of our lifetime.

updated: September 29, 2007 07:54 IST
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New Delhi:

A night of celebration followed the match all of us will remember for the rest of our lifetime.

From Sreesanth's family in Kochi to Harbhajan's home in Jalandhar and from Irfan's residence in Vadodara to Dhoni's Ranchi. It was one big moment, which all the fans thoroughly enjoyed.

"I am telling you that they are lions, they are tigers. They will fight it out and they have done countrymen so proud," said Yograj Singh, father of Yuvraj.

A highly charged up Yograj Singh, father of Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh, leading the celebrations in Chandigarh after Team India clinched the Twenty20 World Cup.

The scene was no different at Irfan and Yousuf Pathan's home in Vadodara since two brothers played a World Cup final and won it too. Mehboob Khan, their father, couldn't have asked for anything more.

"We will celebrate throughout the night. God willing, both the brothers will continue
playing for India in future," said Mehboob Khan, father of Irfan and Yousuf Pathan.

There were fireworks across the country but the biggest celebration was perhaps reserved for Ranchi, the home city of Indian skipper MS Dhoni.

"He has given us a festival gift before Eid, one which we will remember for the rest of our lifetime. We are really happy that India has won the World Cup," said a fan.

Apart from the metros, from Ranchi to Bhopal to Varanasi it was the same story.

There were crowds on the streets and in marketplaces. Practically everywhere in Varanasi, crowds turned out on the streets despite some rain and yelled and screamed their hearts out.

And, for once, fans weren't queuing outside Sachin Tendulkar's home in Mumbai.

Rohit Sharma is the new star from the city, which has given India many great players. The party continued at his residence till early hours of Tuesday.

"He played such a crucial innings. I am really happy about that. I knew it was a defendable total. It was a total team effort and won the match for India, 'Chak de' India," said Gurunath Sharma, father of Rohit Sharma.

'Chak de' indeed will continue to be the motivating factor for a long, long time.

A bigger celebration is on the cards when the team returns from South Africa on Wednesday.

BCCI is planning a victory march from the airport to the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where the cricketers will receive loads of awards.

Comparisons with '83 WC:

And comparisons with that epic 1983 World Cup win are inevitable but skipper Dhoni wasn't having any of that.

"I was only 2 in 1983 so I don't really remember it that well. But now there is so much more coverage and media attention. But I do not think you can compare the two, that was special, and now this win is also very special," said M S Dhoni, Captain, Indian T20 Team.

Five years ago, Sourav Ganguly had whipped off his shirt following a nailbiting Indian victory in the NatWest Trophy finals at Lords in London.

And new captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni went a step further. He took off his shirt on the ground itself and gave it to a young fan and then helped him to put it on.

In addition to the sheer joy of winning, the players have struck it rich with the BCCI announcing cash prizes for Dhoni's boys and the support staff - $3 million for Team India, that's Rs 12 crore.

Yuvraj is to get Rs 1 crore for those six sixers in an over and Rs 15 lakh for each member of the team support staff.