A huge crowd gathered in the victory procession of the world champion Indian team

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Mumbai. The Vijay procession (Victory Parade) organised to welcome the T20 World Cup winning Indian team on Thursday saw a huge crowd, bringing the traffic in South Mumbai to a complete standstill. As per the pre-scheduled schedule, the Vijay procession was to start from the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) at Nariman Point at 5 pm and end at the Wankhede Stadium at 7 pm, but the Rohit Sharma-led team arrived here late from New Delhi, due to which the parade could start only after 7.30 pm.

Thousands of cricket lovers reached Marine Drive to witness this victory procession. The Indian team reached New Delhi from Barbados in the morning where they met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After this, the team could leave for Mumbai only at 3:42 pm. Wankhede Stadium was opened for the fans and within a few minutes the stadium was packed to the brim. The gate of the stadium was closed at around 5 pm and many fans kept waiting outside.

The Indian team arrived at Terminal 2 of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in a Vistara flight, where it was given a ‘water salute’. With this, the long wait of the cricket lovers and media personnel who had reached here also ended. Due to intermittent rain, excessive humidity and the arrival of thousands of people in the surrounding areas, the gates of Wankhede Stadium were closed. Those who managed to reach inside Wankhede remained seated despite the lack of food and water.

Later, the rain intensified but fans continued to struggle to secure seats for themselves, unmindful of the rush. Many pairs of shoes were left behind in the rush and debris was strewn all around. Despite the rain, no fan moved from his seat. Meanwhile, the DJ kept the crowd entertained with all kinds of music and for a moment, it seemed like a rain-dance party was going on at the Wankhede. The stadium speakers blared out the Vengaboys’ party hit “To Brazil” and the country’s unofficial sports anthem “Chak De??India”. Soon after, the Wankhede came alive with the traditional chants of “Sachin…Sachin” and “Mumbaicha Raja, Rohit Sharma!” and “India…India”.

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