Date and time revealed for the return of India’s T20 World Cup heroes

Jul 3, 2024

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The party might have been postponed, but it’s finally happening! After several days of anxious waiting due to Hurricane Beryl’s unwelcome arrival, the Indian cricket team, fresh off their T20 World Cup victory, is set to depart Barbados imminently. This news brings immense relief and excitement to cricket-crazy India, eager to celebrate their champions.

A storm in paradise: The stranded squad

Following their thrilling seven-run win over South Africa in the electrifying final on June 29, the Rohit Sharma-led Team India’s celebratory plans were abruptly put on hold. Hurricane Beryl slammed into Barbados, forcing the closure of the island’s airport and the cancellation of all flights. Suddenly, the jubilant victors found themselves grounded alongside support staff, BCCI officials, and the Indian media contingent. The past few days have undoubtedly been a test of patience for the entire group, yearning to return home and share their triumph with the nation.

The BCCI steps up: A special flight for the World Champions

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to secure a safe and swift passage back for the stranded contingent. Their efforts have finally borne fruit, with a special Air India flight scheduled to take off from Barbados within the next few hours. This news has sent a wave of relief and anticipation across the cricketing world, especially in India.

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A hero’s welcome awaits: Touchdown in New Delhi

Barring any unforeseen delays, the champions are expected to touch down at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi sometime between 4-5 AM IST on Thursday, July 4. The nation awaits their return with bated breath, eager to shower their heroes with the adulation they deserve.

A split squad for Zimbabwe tour

While the core of the World Cup-winning squad will be basking in the celebratory glow upon their arrival in New Delhi, three members – Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson and Shivam Dube – will face a bittersweet situation. Selected for the upcoming five-match T20I series against Zimbabwe, they will miss the first two matches due to victory celebration scheduled in India. However, these young players will undoubtedly be motivated by the World Cup win and eager to contribute to the national team’s success once they join the squad in Harare for the final leg of the series.

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