Homecoming Heroes


Homecoming Heroes: Celebrating the 2024 T20 World Cup Champions

Iraj Dar

Exuberant fans followed them despite monsoon showers and heavy security deployment before Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out the red carpet for a breakfast meet as the T20 World Cup-winning Indian cricketers returned home to a euphoric reception on Thursday. It has been a long wait for the champion Indian team back home after Rohit Sharma and his men won the T20 World Cup after 17 years in the Caribbean and the USA. The finale happened last Saturday, June 29, but since then, Hurricane Beryl has forced a lockdown-like situation in Barbados and other Caribbean regions. Hence, the travel was stopped and the flights and airports weren’t operational before a collaborative effort from the BCCI, Indian authorities, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, and others helped the team get an Air India charter in Barbados and the team fly out of the region on Tuesday, July 2 (local time), and the Men in Blue, along with their families, a few Indian journalists, and BCCI administrators, including secretary Jay Shah, landed on Thursday, July 4 morning in Delhi.