Indian World Cup winners head home after hurricane delay

Published July 4, 2024
Indian cricket team member Virat Kohli gestures as he arrives at Indira Gandhi international airport on July 4 after winning the 2024 T20 cricket World Cup. — AFP
Indian cricket team member Virat Kohli gestures as he arrives at Indira Gandhi international airport on July 4 after winning the 2024 T20 cricket World Cup. — AFP

NEW DELHI: India’s T20 Cricket World Cup winners were finally heading home Wednesday, officials said, after a hurricane in the West Indies delayed their departure.

Favourites India won the title on Saturday after defeating South Africa in a thrilling final, but their travel plans were disrupted by Hurricane Beryl.

“The team has left from Barbados on a special Air India flight,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president Rajeev Shukla told The Press Trust of India.

Rohit Sharma’s men were scheduled to reach the Indian capital New Delhi on Thursday morning, where they will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The special flight was arranged after the players were stranded in a hotel for three days after the victory.

Sharma, who announced his T20 international retirement alongside fellow star Virat Kohli after the final, posted a picture of him holding the T20 trophy with teammate Suryakumar Yadav aboard the flight, with the caption “Coming home”.

After their meeting with Modi, the team will fly to Mumbai for a victory parade in the heart of India’s financial capital, Shukla said.

Last weekend’s win ended an 11-year global cricket trophy drought for India following their 2013 Champions Trophy win.

Their last World Cup victory was at home for the 50-over tournament in 2011 under M.S. Dhoni.

The final was the last match in charge for coach Rahul Dravid, 51, who was bounced in the air by the team during the celebrations.

Published in Dawn, July 4th, 2024

Opinion

On writing

On writing

There is no ceremony or ritual that marks any person as a writer except the simple yet unimaginably significant act of starting to write.

Editorial

A way forward
Updated 17 Jul, 2024

A way forward

Before political leaders inflict more damage, they must give talks a chance.
Export delusions
Updated 18 Jul, 2024

Export delusions

Plummeting exports as a ratio of GDP is one of the major reasons driving the current economic slowdown and the balance-of-payments crisis.
Diversity in UK politics
17 Jul, 2024

Diversity in UK politics

THE recent UK elections have ushered in the most diverse parliament in the nation’s history. Under the leadership...
Banning PTI
Updated 16 Jul, 2024

Banning PTI

It appears that the govt and its backers within the establishment have still not realised that they are in uncharted territory.
Nato at 75
16 Jul, 2024

Nato at 75

EMERGING from the ashes of World War II, and locked in confrontation with the Soviet-led Communist bloc for over ...
Non-stop massacres
16 Jul, 2024

Non-stop massacres

Netanyahu is cunningly pretending to talk peace while mercilessly pounding Gaza. What is clear is that a return to pre-Oct 7 status quo is impossible.