Toronto/Washington/London: Indians across the
world broke into a frenzied celebration after the World Cup
Cricket win by the "Men in Blue" amid joyous scenes marked by
nationalistic fervour in foreign land.
Cars drove up and down through Brampton, Toronto`s Little
India, with their horns blaring and the tricolour flapping in
the wind just after Captain M S Dhoni hit the winning six.
India last night beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the World
Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Indo-Canadian members of parliament including
Gurbax Singh Malhi and Ruby Dhalla watched the match in
Brampton, which is home to the largest concentration of
Indians in Toronto.
Some organisations in Brampton and downtown bars in
Toronto organised live screening of the match.
The people of Indian and Sri Lankan descent in Canada
described cricket as a religion.
Sakshi Sharma, a young legal professional in Brampton,
said the victory was historic and every Indo-Canadian feels
proud of Indian cricket team`s achievement.
"After watching the game, I felt closer to my
motherland," she said.
Lester De-Silva said, who used to play cricket for his
state in India, added: "Cricket unites everyone. It brings
Indian diaspora in the United States and the rest of the
world too celebrated the cricket team`s victory in a big way.
Hundreds of Indians also took to streets in Australia
and New Zealand rejoicing the Indian victory while Southall, a
large suburban district of west London and also known as
`Little India", also burst into celebrations with firecrackers
being burst. Indians in Paris also cherished the Indian win
with a cricket fan saying it was an "awesome experience" for
Sumeet Shah, an executive working in the US, drove more
than 20 miles from his home in Maryland to a casual Indian
restaurant in Virginia, which opened up its doors for
customers till the wee hours yesterday.
Sumeet was joined by nearly 50 other Indian-American
cricket-crazy fans at this Hot Bread restaurant, which was
screening the match live.
Several of them had Indian flags in their hand while a
few of them had tri-color painted on their face.
"Living thousands of miles away from our motherland, you
seldom get an opportunity to display patriotism. Today was one
of those occasions," said Shah.
As Dhoni lofted the ball into the stands to register the
historic win, the entire restaurant instantly erupted into
To celebrate the victory, the owner of the restaurant
offered all with complimentary pastry in addition to the 25
per cent discount which it had offered earlier in the day for
breakfast and lunch.
The story of Sumeet and Hot Bread was repeated across
the US, where a large number of Indian restaurants
opened up their shutters early in the morning.