Okhla erupts in frenzied celebration after World Cup glory
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Tarique Anwer/Okhla Times Reporter
Like India, Okhla also erupted into frenzied celebrations after the juggernaut Team India triumphed over Sri Lanka to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 after a gap of twenty-eight years. It was in 1983 when Kapil Dev and his men had lifted the trophy for the first time at Lord’s. The historic victory came at the Wankhede Stadium in front of a packed venue when India’s Captain MS Dhoni smoked Nuwan Kulasekara over long-on to spark the celebrations all over India, including Okhla. Chasing 274, India achieved the target by just losing four wickets with Gautam Gambhir making 97 and Dhoni 91 not out.
Cricket buffs, including university students and residents, who had turned up in great numbers at Dr M.A.Ansari Auditorium Lawn, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) and at MLA Asif Md Khan’s office near Kalindi Kunj started celebration as India sailed through. Fans burst firecrackers, distributed sweets and danced on the streets of Okhla. A festive atmosphere prevailed at the University campus and Community Centre late night.
More than thousands of cricket fans who were glued to the big screen at JMI and other places in the locality set during the high-voltage encounter, poured on to the streets and broke into wild celebrations. A few university girls were also present at the spot to celebrate the glorious moment. They cheered Team India by waving the Indian flags, shouting and clapping. They kept cheering: “Jeet gaya bhai Jeet gaya, India jeet gaya”.
Munazir Ali, who was watching the match on the JMI campus since it started, said: “It is a historic moment and we want to celebrate.”
New Delhi-based alumnus Arshad Ali, who rushed from his Noida office to join the huge crowd late, was also part of the celebration. He said: “Since 2.30 P.M. when the match started I have been waiting for this moment. I will never forget this day.” He praised all Indian players, especially Jamia alumnus Virender Sehwag for helping India lift the cup for the second time. Other JMI alumni away from India celebrated the historic day on social-networking site Facebook by congratulating each others.
Euphoric scenes were seen in Batla House, Zakir Nagar, Abul Fazal Enclave, Julena and other parts of the locality with ecstatic fans spilled into the roads, greeting each others: “Mubarak ho!!!” Many youngsters danced their way to their homes. Key intersections and thoroughfares in the locality were choked with youths. They were out on the streets on four and two vehicles waving Indian flags and shouting pro-cricket team slogans. Some cricket buffs, who were returning after witnessing the historic victory, screamed their lungs out. The real celebration is to start after late night to go till morning as many fans were seen moving towards the Community Centre.
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