Mumbai:A 30 km long journey that took more than five hours, the final destination for MS Dhoni and his men was the Wankhede Stadium.
However, as it normally happens in such felicitation ceremonies in India, it were the politicians and the BCCI office bearers who took the centrestage.
The men in blue were pushed in the background barring skipper MS Dhoni who won everyone's heart with his very first comment.
"We have spoken a lot in Marathi and English, it is time to switch over to Hindi now," said M S Dhoni, Captain, Indian Cricket Team.
Dhoni's quick sprint up the leadership ladder is proof enough of how small town boys have conquered the world with their superb showing.
Yuvraj Singh, who received Rs 1 crore cash award from BCCI boss Sharad Pawar, comes from Chandigarh. Dhoni himself comes from Ranchi and making that leap into the big league with him are Joginder Sharma from Rohtak and RP Singh from Rae Bareily.
"I think that those who come from small towns are physically and mentally more tough compared to those who are from the metros, despite the fact that they get all the facilities and infrastructure," said Dhoni.
Up next for Dhoni is another big test versus Australia at home starting Saturday. He is hoping to receive the same support from his boys.
"Whoever I tossed the ball to fetched me wickets. Whoever walked out to bat scored the runs. So pressure was considerably less on me," Dhoni further said.