For Indian cricketers, it`s time to say `thanks`

Last Updated: Apr 04, 2011, 19:49 PM IST

New Delhi: Now that their prayers have been answered with the World Cup triumph, Indian cricketers are busy visiting the places of their respective faiths to pay obeisance.

Spin spearhead Harbhajan Singh today offered prayers at Sohna Gurudwara in Mohali and then at the Hansali Sahib, the place of his spiritual master Baba Ajit Singh, in Punjab`s Fatehgarh Sahib district.

Left-handed batsman Suresh Raina today visited the famous Sai Baba temple in Maharashtra.

Harbhajan landed at the Chandigarh airport in the afternoon and upon reaching Hansali Sahib, he sought blessings of his Guru and spoke to reporters after that.

"I was crying and finding it hard to believe when we finally won. It`s been great kripa (blessings) of Satguru of Hansaliwale, (first Sikh Guru) Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Ram Das ji," the off-spinner said.

Harbhajan said he got anxious when openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were dismissed early in the final and then prayed for help.

"When they got out, I just prayed deep from the heart to Baba Ji that `Iss Baar Beda Paar Laga Do` (please steer the ship this time around). And it`s because of his blessings that we realised the dream of winning the World Cup. Babaji has fulfilled desires of all," he said adding that `without God`s will and blessings nothing can be achieved`.

Man-of-the-tournament Yuvraj Singh had also credited his success at the World Cup to Baba Ajit Singh and Baba Ram Singh.

Suresh Raina, who visited the Shirdi temple in Maharashtra, also thanked Sai Baba for answering his prayers.

"I had prayed that if we do well in the World Cup, I would come to thank and offer prayer at Shirdi. So I am here. I am happy that we won and there is such great celebration in the country," Raina said.

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had shaved his head after claiming the World Cup trophy, with speculation doing the round that he did so to fulfil a pledge to a deity.

Incidentally, Dhoni had cut his long locks after India won the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007.

PTI