Team India's back after 4-1 win
They were greeted by frenzied fans waiting to have glimpse of their stars.india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 12:35 IST
Chaos and confusion reigned supreme as seven members of the Indian team arrived at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Monday morning from Karachi.
Team Indiahad a mixed tour of Pakistan in which they lost the Test series 1-0, but came back strongly to romp home 4-1 in the one-day series.
The cricketers, who arrived here in the wee hours included Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Ajit Agarkar, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ramesh Powar and Irfan Pathan.
They were greeted by frenzied fans waiting to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars which led to the disorder at the airport.
Also accompanying them were coach Greg Chappell, physio John Gloster, physical trainer Gregory King, manager Raj Singh Dungarpur and chairman of the selection committee Kiran More.
The delay of two hours in the arrival of the flight from Karachi added to the confusion at the airport as the fans gathered there started getting impatient.
While mediapersons waited for the cricketers, who returned after a triumphant one-day series against Pakistan, at the main arrival, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh slipped out of the customs exit.
Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar and Irfan Pathan apart from Gloster and Dungarpur were whisked away under heavy police protection to their destination.
Dravid and Chappell did not come out at all preferring to proceed to the domestic terminal to take their connecting flight to Bangalore without bothering to speak to the waiting mediapersons.
Chief Selector Kiran More was all smiles as he made his way out of the airport. He even took a dig at the detractors who criticised the selection of Yuvraj Singh in the Test side.
"It's their problem not mine. Yuvraj is doing very well. He has matured on this tour. He's talented and I like the way he plays," More said before walking up to the waiting car.
The rest of the team members were to reach New Delhi, sources said.
India lost the three-match Test series to Pakistan 1-0 but came back strongly to win the one-day series 4-1.
First Published: Feb 20, 2006 11:21 IST