Squeals of joy, gasps of disbelief and sighs of frustrations and finally euphoria, the city had a share of all the four during the cracker of a World Cup final match between India and Sri Lanka on Saturday.
People came out on the streets within minutes of the win to celebrate the mamentous victory. India Gate, Katwaria Sarai (near JNU), Delhi University hostels and colony parks reverberated with cries of joy and songs at 10.50pm.
“This is amazing. I cannot believe this. We had waited for this for so long and now that it has happened, I am overjoyed,” said Satish Dogra, 54, a businessman.
People had gathered in sports clubs, colony parks and anywhere they could find a screen to watch the match and celebrated in style -- and noisily -- once India took the trophy after a wait of 18 long years.
Kasbah, a club in GK 1 M Block market, was jam packed, with every entry costing between R1,000 and R1,500.
The crowd broke into cheers when the match winning six was hit. The scene in clubs of Connaught Place was also similar. “Everyone in the club, men or women, young or old, cheered for India. It was electric. I cannot define what the winning moment was like,” said Paarkhi Verma, a call centre executive, who saw the match at a CP club.
The police were also ready for the uproarious response. They barricaded most of the Outer Circle area in Connaught Place. A massive deployment in and around India Gate was also seen.
“We sent three battalions to India Gate last night to control the crowd, as we had seen
during the Indo-Pakistan match. It was just a precautionary measure to ensure that things did not get out of hand,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Security was stepped up in all marketplaces, including Greater Kailash Part 1, Defence Colony and other areas.