Frenzied celebrations across the country

Updated: Apr 03, 2011, 09:25 AM IST

New Delhi: Delirious fans broke into unprecedented celebrations across the country, setting off fireworks, jamming main thoroughfares with vehicles and partying hard on the streets savouring glory as India won the cricket World Cup.

As soon Team India Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck a huge six to post India`s historic triumph, thousands of fans burst crackers at a ground near his house at Harmu in Ranchi where they watched the final on a giant TV screen.

Wild celebrations erupted every time a Sri Lankan wicket fell and then with each boundary hit by India`s batsmen.

Cheers became louder after Dhoni completed 6000 runs in one day cricket and then reaching his half century, sending esctatic fans into a frenzy.

"This night will never to be forgotten", said Raj Kumar who stays in a neighbourhood of Dhoni.

It was Diwali once more on the streets of Mumbai, the venue of the final, as fireworks lit up the night sky and the playing of musical instruments like drums reverberated throughout the city as the "biggest party on the planet" began.

The crowds, which had vanished from the streets this afternoon to watch the match on TV, reappeared after the Indian skipper sealed the win over Sri Lanka.

Several localities of Mumbai and other major cities, including Bhopal, experienced traffic snarls as all modes of private transport thronged the streeets but few complained as the ecstasy and celebrations brushed asided all other considerations.

Cricket lovers who watched the grand finale of the two-month long tournament, at multiplexes and restaurants, chilled out with friends after the victory.

In Kolkata, thousands of ecstatic fans wearing Team India jersey waving tricolours flocked to the three-kilometre posh Park Street stretch, the city`s most popular address, and broke into dance and honked their cars.

Many fans broke into tears even as they shouted `India... India... Vande Mataram... Jai Ho...` and `De
Ghumake`...` It was a special moment for many young fans who had not watched India`s previous World Cup triumph in 1983.

"Many of us were either not born in 1983 or were not grown up to watch Kapil Dev win in the West Indies. We have grown up hearing the Kapil Devil`s story from our parents.”

"We waited through years, and six editions of World Cups passed by. The moment has come now," 18-year-old Neha Keshri, accompanied by her jubilant friends, said in Behala.

"Celebration has just begun... It will go on and on. We will not stop", said Bijay Dubey, a 33-year-old fan in Tollygunge.

As Kerala erupted in joy with Team India winning the ICC World Cup 2011, it was celebration time at the home of fast bowler S Sreesanth at Kochi.

The elated parents of the Kerala pacer told reporters, "We are very happy that India has won".

Sreesanth`s father, Santhakumaran Nair, said, "It is due to God`s grace that Sree could play in the final and it is again due to God`s grace that India has won the World Cup".

Sreesanth`s mother said she was happy that the pacer, who was born in 1983, the year India last lifted the World Cup, was part of the winning team that won the trophy after 28 years today.

Cricket fans across Andhra Pradesh erupted in jubilation as India won the World Cup final in Mumbai.

It appeared as if the new year and Diwali celebrations were no match to the celebration of Team India`s world cup victory.

The cricket fans, who marched on the streets, celebrated the moment in all conceivable ways. Holding the Indian flag aloft, they raised slogans like `Hindustan zindabad?, `Chak de India`; burst crackers, hugged each other, distributed sweets.

PTI