India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his four teammates returned to a tumultuous welcome after clinching a historic Test series against New Zealand at their backyard, in New Delhi this morning.
Dhoni, along with opening batsmen Gautam Gambhir, his partner Virender Sehwag, paceman Ishant Sharma and spinner Amit Mishra arrived in the wee hours at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, where the number of supporters gathered to get a glance of the players.
Sehwag was accompanied by wife Aarti, while Ishant’s father Vijay Sharma came to the airport to receive the pacer.
The cricketers did not speak to the waiting reporters as they were whisked away by the security men.
India clinched the three-Test series 1-0 after the third match ended in a draw in Wellington on Tuesday. Earlier, they won the first Test in Hamilton by 10 wickets while the second match in Napier ended in a draw.
This was India’s first Test series victory on New Zealand soil since Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi’s team achieved that feat in 1967-68.
India had earlier clinched the five-match one-day series 3-1, also their first series win in the shorter version of the game in New Zealand.