Mumbai, April 3: India have scaled the pinnacle of one-day cricket, reaching an acme emblazoned in platinum and gold with "World Cup Champions 2011". And as a result they have secured not only the prestige, honour and respect befitting that title, but have also hit upon a treasure trove of gifts and accolades.
Indeed, various quarters have decided to lavish Team India with sufficient "puraskar". To begin with comes the World Cup prize money dished out by the ICC, which is a sum to the tune of USD 4 million. That works out to $266,666 (INR 1.33 crore approximately) for each of the 15 players in the Indian side.
Not to be outdone (at least not by much), the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI),. the world's richest cricket board, has decided to add a cool Rs 1 crore to the pay packets of the players.
Then, the Karnataka state government has offered free Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) 50-by-80-foot plots to all of the team including coach Gary Kirsten and the support staff.
The Karnataka government is contemplating re-naming one of the arterial roads in Bangalore after M S Dhoni. Dhoni and Tendulkar have also been awarded luxury flats in Masoori in UP while the Uttarakhand government has confirmed that they will be awarding the Indian skipper the Uttarakhand Ratna, while Yusuf Pathan is being sent up for the Ekhlavya award. Howzatt for hero worship!