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Kolkata Knight Riders' victory parade begins

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 12:35
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Kolkata Knight Riders' victory parade beginsKolkata: Thousand of frenzied fans gave a grand reception to newly-crowned IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders players as they celebrate the triumph with a bus-top victory parade moving towards the Eden Gardens on Tuesday.

More than 50,000 people lined up both sides of the road as the players, led by Gautam Gambhir, waved on them on an open bus-top during the 5-km journey. The players were also seen clicking photographs of the frenzied scenes in front of them.

Earlier last night, around one thousand frenzied supporters gathered and danced well past midnight as the players and team owners arrived from Chennai in two batches at the NSC Bose International Airport.

Skipper Gautam Gambhir's three Bengali words "ami Kolkatar chhele" (I am son of the city) won the hearts of fans gathered to welcome 'home' the Knight Riders who beat two-time defending champions Chennai Super Kings to win their maiden title in five appearances.

"Thank you very much for your support," Gambhir added as the crowd danced to the drum beats when the team members arrived around 10.30pm last night.


Venky Mysore, the CEO of the Knight Riders, and coach Trevor Bayliss were among those on the crowded makeshift dais just outside the VIP Gate number five.

As many as 54 passengers on the Chennai-Calcutta flight were from the KKR contingent, including the families of some of the players and the support staff. The foreign players in the team didn't board the flight.

Team owners Shah Rukh Khan, Jay Mehta and Juhi Chawla arrived around 11.45 pm as they were thrilled at the crowd response late into the night.

There were also a bevy of Trinamool Congress ministers, party leaders and officials of the Cricket Association of Bengal who were waiting with bouquets and garlands as they jostled for the limelight on the makeshift dias.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 09:12


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Sumit - Hisar
it is very good victory by kkr . I was schoked when I see the haryana boy `Bisla` Dancing on the front page of the newspaper. And I expect this same victory again next year
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urvashi mukharjee - kolkata
really dont understand why there is so much of hype is being created for this win. ipl is itself a biggest of all corruptive game. lot of money laundering is going on. ant that too with this pity win i dont understand uncle shahrukh, aunty mamata and these kkr players behaving as if they have won any world tournament. our hockey players never treated like when they have won so many tournaments in the past. i wish this ipl should be banned in near by future.i also dont understand players like yusuf pathan who is good for nothing only plays in ipl by hitting 6``s. but when itcomes to national game he totally flops.yusuf is a bad player. gautam gambhir is trying hard to prove that he is a good captain than dhoni,which he cant do. ipl is different than match which are played against any big country. gautam cant lead team india all alone against any other big team.he rather should concentrate on how to consolidate his position in the national team rather than just partying like this.one day or other day gautam will be replaced by players like virat kohli, who too is slowly steadily provimng his presence over there in ground.
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Gopal - Joda
I like the team
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sanjay - Dehardun
hi.. Congrats KKR..U R THE NEW CHAMP OF IPL..THIS IS THE RESULT OF YOUR TEAM WORK WHICH WAS HONESTLY PUT ON TO THE WINNING TRACK..AND YEAS Gautam is wonderful captain..as i read a n artical few days back ``Gautam is born to be captain`` he has a great potential to be Indian cricket team captain now..time has come...good luck gautam..we are quite disppoint from Mr.s.khan is great guy..he is very open heart guy..keep up the good work guys..god bless you all.
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Sanjay Rana
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