Victorious Indian Team Lands in New Delhi After T20 World Cup Triumph

Victorious Indian Team Lands in New Delhi After T20 World Cup Triumph
The triumphant Indian cricket team, fresh from their Men's T20 World Cup victory, finally arrived at Indira Gandhi International Airport early Thursday morning. Their return marks the end of a tumultuous journey disrupted by hurricane Beryl, which had left them stranded for three days.
Led by Rohit Sharma, the Indian squad clinched their second T20 World Cup title on June 29 with a nail-biting seven-run victory over South Africa at the Kensington Oval. The win was a historic moment, coming 17 years after their first T20 World Cup triumph.
Their journey home was delayed due to the hurricane, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) swiftly arranged a special chartered Air India flight, dubbed 'AIC24WC' (Air India Champions 24 World Cup), to bring the team back to India. The Boeing 777 flew from Newark, New Jersey, and reached Grantley Adams International Airport in Bridgetown, Barbados, early Wednesday morning.
The flight departed Bridgetown at 4:50 am local time, carrying not just the players but also their support staff, family members, BCCI officials, and 22 media representatives. The team landed in New Delhi to a warm reception, ready for a day of celebrations and honors.
Upon arrival, the World Cup-winning contingent proceeded to the ITC Maurya hotel. They were scheduled for a felicitation breakfast meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence on 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. This meeting is expected to recognize the team's remarkable achievement and their contribution to Indian cricket.
The celebrations will continue as the team heads to Mumbai later in the day. They are set to depart from New Delhi at 2 pm and arrive in Mumbai at 4 pm. In Mumbai, the festivities will kick off with an open bus victory parade starting at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and traveling through Marine Drive, culminating at the iconic Wankhede Stadium.
Fans will have the opportunity to cheer for their heroes as the parade makes its way through the city, celebrating the return of a major cricketing trophy to India after 11 years. The parade will conclude with a function at Wankhede Stadium from 7 to 7:30 pm, where the team will be felicitated before heading to their hotel.