Ranchi booms with crackers after India lifts World Cup
Thousands of sports lovers took to the streets in Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's home town Ranchi to celebrate the World Cup victory over Sri Lanka.india Updated: Apr 02, 2011 23:56 IST
Thousands of sports lovers took to the streets in Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's home town Ranchi to celebrate the World Cup victory over Sri Lanka.
Crackers boomed after Dhoni hit the winning six, as over 2000 people gathered at a ground near captain M S Dhoni's residence at Harmu to watch the tense battle between bat and ball on a giant screen.
Fans danced to the tune of drums and cheered with the fall of each rival wicket and with each boundary hit by Team India's batsmen.
Cheers became louder after Dhoni completed 6000 runs in one day cricket and then reaching to his half century; enlivening the fans who initially fell silent after openers Virendra Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar returned pavillion quickly.
"For the first time the two Asian countries have fought for the World Cup with India winning. This night will never to be forgotten," said Raj Kumar, who stays in the neighbourhood of Dhoni.
"It is a proud moment for Dhoni, who had won both the T20 World Cup and the 50 overs quadrennial event toda...I was not born when India won World Cup in 1983," said Rajesh Sen.
"Now Ranchi is a proud city boasting winners — starting from late hockey legend Jaipal Singh who captained India to Olympic gold medal in the 1930s and Dhoni leading India to T20 and 50 overs World Cup victories," said Vinod Kumar, a keen sports lover.