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T20 World Champions Team India land in New Delhi
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T20 World Champions Team India land in New Delhi

| @indiablooms | 04 Jul 2024, 10:46 am

New Delhi/IBNS: The Indian cricket team, who sealed their second T20 World Cup victory just a few days ago, arrived in India from the West Indies where the mega tournament was played.

India captain Rohit Sharma, head coach Rahul Dravid and other players including icon Virat Kohli were seen celebrating with a cake-cutting ceremony at the hotel where they checked in upon reaching the national capital.

They were greeted with a decent crowd as they arrived at the hotel in a bus.

Rishabh Pant, the wicketkeeper-batter, carried the trophy following his colleagues who entered the hotel with their families. 

The cricketers' departure from West Indies' Barbados was delayed due to Hurricane Beryl.

In the packed daylong schedule, Team India will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his office and then leave for Mumbai after a breakfast session.

Much like the celebrations after India's win at inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, the cricketers and other staff members will be on a roadshow in an open bus from Nariman Point in Mumbai this evening.

After the roadshow, Team India members will be felicitated at the Wankhede Stadium in the city.

India ended the 11-year ICC trophy drought by winning the T20 World Cup clinching a 7-run victory over South Africa in a match which was swaying away from the men-in-blue at one point of time.

Highlights of the T20 World Cup 2024 final 

Millions of Indians across the globe and the blue brigade present in the Kensington Oval in Barbados burst into cheers when Rohit Sharma and his spirited men choked first-time finalists South Africa and beat them by seven runs to lift the T20 World Cup for the second time in the history of the marquee tournament on Saturday.

Suryakumar Yadav picked up a sensational catch on the boundary in the first ball of the last over bowled by Hardik Pandya to dismiss David Miller (21) which ensured India won the elite tournament and changed the fate of the side which was losing back-to-back ICC finals.

Despite losing quick wickets, India's star batsman Virat Kohli, who was struggling with his form all through the series, hammered 76 runs which helped his side post a competitive 176 runs for the loss of seven wickets and then the bowlers completed the task by restricting South Africa to 169 runs for the loss of eight wickets.

Jasprit Bumrah remained the pick of the Indian bowlers as he took the crucial wickets of Reeza Hendricks  (4) at the top and Marco Jansen (2) later to put the pressure on an opponent squad that remained unbeaten in the tournament so far.

Photo courtesy: X/@BCCIPhoto courtesy: X/@BCCI

Bumrah kept things tight and helped India slowly bounce back into the match.

Hardik Pandya took the crucial wicket of Heinrich Klaasen (52) and gave India a chance to return after South Africa was cruising ahead towards the target.

Needing 16 runs off the last six balls, Hardik Pandya was given the task of bowling the final over in the match and he once again executed a miracle with Suryakumar Yadav by dismissing dangerous David Miller (21). He also picked up the wicket of Kagiso Rabada (4) to ensure India finally wins the second T20 World Cup trophy after a gap of 17 years.

Despite losing two quick wickets of Reeza Hendricks (4) and skipper Aiden Markram (4), South Africa tried to stabilise the innings with  Quinton de Kock (39) and Tristan Stubbs  (31).

Patel took the wicket of Stubbs to give some hope to India but Heinrich Klaasen hammered him later in the innings to make things tough for the Men in Blue.

Arshdeep Singh and Bumrah took two wickets each.

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