As the Indian cricket team returned triumphant from Australia after a valiant effort, the players have received a hero’s welcome.
Captain Ajinkya Rahane and coach Ravi Shastri arrived in Mumbai along with were star batsman Rohit Sharma, pacer Shardul Thakur and opener Prithvi Shaw, while Brisbane Test hero Rishabh Pant landed in the national capital early this morning.
T Natarajan, who was originally picked as a net bowler but became the first Indian cricketer to make his international debut across all three formats during the same tour, landed in Bengaluru and then took off for his village in Tamil Nadu’s Salem.
The players from Chennai, including veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, rookie Washington Sundar and bowling coach Bharat Arun are currently in Dubai and are expected to reach the country early morning on Friday.
The return of the stars sparked celebrations in different parts of the country.
Rahane was welcomed in traditional style at his home in Mulund as he was showered with petals.
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 21, 2021
— Gav Joshi (@Gampa_cricket) January 21, 2021
Shardul Thakur too received a warm welcome back home.
Welcome of Shardul Thakur at his home 💙🏘️🙌🏼
Palghar, Mumbai ✨ pic.twitter.com/ffgwleeePw
— fcbsagarrrr• (@sagarssshinde) January 21, 2021
The most grand welcome though was for pacer T Natarajan who made a dream debut in Australia.
— Sun News (@sunnewstamil) January 21, 2021