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With Blaring Music And Overflowing Emotions, BCCI Fetes T20 Champs

With Blaring Music And Overflowing Emotions, BCCI Fetes T20 Champs

With Blaring Music And Overflowing Emotions, BCCI Fetes T20 Champs

MUMBAI, (IANS) – Cheered on by thousands of fans assembled inside the Wankhede Stadium and by the huge crowd that turned Marine Drive into a sea of people, the Board of Control for Cricket in India felicitated the champions as they returned home with the trophy. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, the two elder statesmen of the Indian team, articulated the feelings of players to the scores of fans across the country when they told the huge gathering how happy and proud they were feeling after bringing the trophy back home.

The most cherished moment was when Rohit Sharma walked together with Virat Kohli into the crowd near the stands as if saying thanks on their behalf as they retired from the game’s shortest format.

And then there was the iconic moment of all the players dancing together as they went on a lap of honor around the stadium.

“This trophy is for the entire nation, along with all the players that have represented the country,” said captain Rohit Sharma as he along with his teammates felicitate in a a jam-packed Wankhede Stadium on July 5. The BCCI handed over to the team and the support staff a cheque of Rs 125 crore that it had announced as a reward for their victory.

“Since the time we have come to India, it has been wonderful. The reception we have got has been wonderful. The trophy belongs to everyone, to the players, the support staff, the BCCI officials, along with the people who have wanted us to win the World Cup, this trophy belongs to them,” said Rohit.

The stadium was packed to the rafters since 3 pm as they waited for the team to arrive from Delhi, travel from the Mumbai airport to Nariman Point for a victory parade in an open-top bus along Marine Drive, crawling through a sea of humanity which delayed the function by a couple of hours.

Neither the players nor the waiting crowd was bothered by the delay despite first being roasted by the afternoon sun and then soaked by a drizzle. While the crowd cheered them on, the players ran into the crowd, danced along with the supporters, cheered each other, and thanked the fans as they expressed their delight at being able to watch the demigods.

“Bringing this World Cup to the country means a lot to us. We got a solid reception, along with BCCI and my teammates, I thank the fans for their support,” said Rohit saying every World Cup triumph is different and the last three that have come during his career were each special in their own way.

“To bring the World Cup to the venue where India won the 2011 ODI World Cup is very special for us. I would not single out some players but all of them played their role in this victory,” said Rohit, who hailed his teammates Suryakumar Yadav, for his sensational catch off David Miller in the final at Bridgetown, Barbados, and Hardik Pandya for bowling that final over that sealed victory for India. Rohit’s praise for Hardik at the Wankhede was special considering the kind of things they had to face after the allrounder from Gujarat had replaced the local boy as captain of the IPL side Mumbai Indians.

While Rohit Sharma had words of praise for Surya and Hardik, Virat Kohli, had special words for Jasprit Bumrah saying he should be declared a “national treasure” for the way he saved the team from difficult situations during the World Cup. Bumrah was declared the Player of the Tournament for his heroics and received a special round of applause from the crowd as Kohli urged them on.

“We want him to continue playing for India as long as he can. He is a once in a generation player,” said Kohli of Bumrah. He also made a special mention of head coach Rahul Dravid and the support staff for helping and guiding the team to triumph.

Bumrah on his part said that having his toddler son along with him at the Kensington Oval made it special for him, laughing off suggestions that he may have to encounter a petition signed by a billion people urging him not to quit the game.

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