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Sports | October 2007



Team India in Bangalore: First ODI Abandoned

After witnessing a grand reception soon after they came back home, Dhoni and his men who took on the Australians in the in the first one-day international in Bangalore.


Team India captain M S Dhoni along with the other members of the indian team arrived in Bangalore a day ahead of the 7- match ODI series against the Australians. The battle of the two World Cup champions was held on September 29.


In the IT city, the ODI team lead by Dhoni included the big trio Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. All eyes were on the young captain and it was interesting to see if India could recreate it's Twenty20 magic.


Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir strode onto the Chinnaswamy Stadium turf to begin the daunting task of chasing Australia's 307. At 6.58 pm, it started raining and then it was a strong downpour. Eighty minutes later the sky cleared. The damage had been done. With India at 9/1 first ODI was abandoned. 

India's cricket champions receive euphoric welcome 

Thousands of fans braved rains to give a rousing welcome to the Indian cricket team which arrived in the western city of Mumbai on September 26 after recording a historic win in the Twenty20 World Championships.


The team members, led out of the airport by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni with the trophy in his hand, were received by Sharad Pawar, chief of Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and Vilasrao Deshmukh, the regional chief minister.


The celebrations began soon after the airport authorities announced the arrival of the flight carrying the team from the tournament in South Africa, sending scores of fans into a frenzy.


People cheered wildly, beat drums and showered flowers on their cricket heroes. Others waved Indian flags and jostled with each other to catch a glimpse of the players.


Soon after, the cricketers were taken to an open-top bus for a 30-kilometre victory parade followed by a reception hosted by the BCCI at the Wankhede Stadium in the city.


Heavy rains since the previous night had failed to dampen the spirit of the fans and the cricketers.


Many fans burst crackers and danced as musicians performed on streets while the victory procession wound through Mumbai.


Team members, Yuvraj Singh and S Sreesanth, stars of some sensational Indian wins in the tournament, broke into impromptu jigs on the bus.


Tight security arrangements had been made for the victory parade. Additional police was deployed and the security personnel had a tough time in keeping the surging crowds in check.


"The young heroes have made India proud, it's a great feeling. All of India is on a big high because of the triumph," Hemant Borkar, a company executive told reporters.


The Indian cricketers beat arch-rivals Pakistan by five runs in a nail-biting final in Johannesburg on Monday, the first major cricket triumph for the Indian cricket team after a World Cup win in 1983.


The Indian cricket board has announced a bonus of two million dollars and a 250,000-dollar prize to Yuvraj Singh for setting a record of six sixes in one over in a match against England.

[Source: DPA]


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