World Cup winners return home to hero’s welcome

first_imgAfter winning the historic World Cup, the Men in Blue headed home. And it was a hero’s homecoming for each one of them.From showering rose petals to bursting crackers and dancing wildly on streets to welcome the Indian Team, there was no stopping the frenzied fans and elated families.As master blaster Sachin Tendulkar arrived at his Bandra home on Sunday evening, rose petals were showered on his car.With the house all decked up, wife Anjali was seen eagerly awaiting his return and a proud mother welcomed Sachin into the house with an aarti.Having achieved the greatest feat, Tendulkar sounded ecstatic. “I am very happy. It is the greatest day of my cricketing career,” he said.Chennai lad Ravindran Ashwin returned home to a roar from his fans. Crackers were burst in front of his car, he was lifted on shoulders, garlanded and ceremoniously welcomed into his home.”I’m very emotional and happy that my son was part of WC winning team that we have been longing for 28 years, a dream for the entire family,” his mother said.Delhi boys Piyush Chawla, Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir also returned home on Monday morning. Fans surrounded Virat’s car as Team India’s youngest player reached home.Having tasted World Cup glory at the age of 22, all Virat now wants to do is spend time with his family. “I dedicate my award to Sachin and personally to my dad. It’s a big moment for all of us and I am just looking forward to spending time with my family now,” he said.advertisementVirat later came out to shake hands with his young fans and was seen relaxing and playing with his dog Puzo.Gambhir came out to the balcony of his West Delhi home to greet fans eagerly awaiting the return of the top scorer of the final match. “It’s been a privilege and a great feeling. It has still has not sunk in,” said Kohli.Some members chose to keep the word given to the Lord before heading home. Says Suresh Raina, “Before the World Cup, I had thought I’ll come and thank the Lord if we do well and I’ve kept my promise.”While en route to his Jalandhar home, Harbhajan Singh stopped over at Fatehgarh to thank and seek the blessings of his guru.last_img

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