Victors are back home

Published: Sunday, April 18, 2004, 1:05 [IST]
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New Delhi : The victorious Indian cricket team returned on Saturday to a tumultuous welcome at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

As soon as the team members walked out of the terminal, fans and well-wishers, waiting patiently for hours, garlanded the stars and danced in joy to the drum beats.

Among the crowd was Abid Ali, a relative of teenage fast bowling sensation Irfan Pathan. Ali has come all the way from Jodhpur, Rajasthan, to greet his cousin and the rest of the team.

"We are very proud of Pathan. He has made the entire country happy with his superb performance," Ali said.

India created history by beating their arch-rivals both in the One-dayers and Tests in their own backyard, feats which no other Indian team had achieved in the last five decades.

Led by Sourav Ganguly, the triumphant cricketers enjoyed every moment of the reception as more and more people continued to pour in and join the frenzied celebration.

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