The Indian cricket team had more reasons to celebrate their historic series win against England as the Board (BCCI) announced a cash bonanza of Rs One crore in New Delhi on Monday.
"I would like to congratulate the Indian contingent for their excellent team work and performance against England in the Test series. I am sure every Indian will feel proud of our players who have won a series in England after a gap of 21 years," BCCI President Sharad Pawar said in a statement.
"As President of the Board I am happy to announce a prize money of Rs. One crore to the 16 players, the Cricket Manager and the two coaches. A separate amount would be provided to other cricketing staff."
India won the three-Test series against England 1-0. They won the second match at Trent Bridge and drew the first and the last at Lord's and The Oval respectively.
Their previous series win in England, a 2-0 success, came in 1986.
"They have played some spectacular cricket and practically everyone has contributed, from new comers to seniors. I want to specially mention the support role played by Chandu Borde, the Cricket Manager, and Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh, the bowling and fielding coaches.
"I am sure a similar performance will be shown in the one-day series to be played."
Pawar, however, requested the fans to share in the joy of the team without losing perspective.
"It is a game of ups and downs. So, if they don't perform we should not get angry with them," he said.
"It is our responsibility to encourage and support them and boost their morale."