T20 World Champion: Team India reached Delhi

T20 World Champion: Team India reached Delhi

The T20 World Cup-winning Indian cricket team arrived in Delhi on July 4 on a specially arranged charter flight, five days after being stranded in Barbados due to a Category 4 hurricane.

Hundreds of fans, carrying placards congratulating their favourite players and waving national flags, lined up outside the Indira Gandhi International Airport to welcome the victorious players despite the incessant rain.

The Rohit Sharma-led side gave the country its second T20 World title on June 29, ending an 11-year wait for an ICC trophy.

Air India's special charter flight AIC24WC – Air India Champions 24 World Cup – departed from Bridgetown, Barbados at 4:50 am local time on July 3 and reached Delhi at 6 am (Indian time) on July 4 after a non-stop journey of 16 hours.

The Indian team, its support staff, families of the players and some Board officials and members of the travelling media contingent are also on board the aircraft.

The team won the title, India's fourth World Cup, after a thrilling seven-run win over South Africa in the final on June 29, but could not return home due to the lockdown caused by Cyclone Beryl.

The team is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence at 9 am.

The team will then travel to Mumbai in an open bus to participate in the victory parade, followed by a felicitation ceremony at the Wankhede Stadium.

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