The winning Indian women’s U19 team arrived at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport on Thursday to a rousing greeting from fans eager to celebrate their country’s first T20 World Cup victory.
The crowd enthusiastically welcomed their World Cup champions to the sounds of dhol and showered them with flowers.
The players were previously honored by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, where BCCI secretary Jay Shah, renowned Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, and BCCI president Roger Binny were present.
Shafali Verma, the World Cup-winning captain, collected a check for Rs 5 crore, the monetary award the BCCI announced last week for the team and the support crew.
The award ceremony took place at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium before the third and final T20 International between India and New Zealand.
“It was a great feeling talking to the legend Sachin Tendulkar. Our dreams have come true. Winning the trophy in the first Under-19 Women’s World Cup is a very big thing for us. The entire team is filled with joy. We are preparing for the Women’s IPL now,” said the players while speaking to ANI.
“By winning this World Cup, you have given a dream to young girls in India, to represent the country. The beginning of the WPL is going to be the biggest thing. I believe in equality for men and women, and not just in sports. There should be equal opportunity,” Sachin Tendulkar said.
On Sunday, Team India defeated England in a one-sided summit clash, first bowling them out for 68 and then chasing down the target in 14 overs. India became the first-ever ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup winner on Sunday.
Indian bowlers’ tremendous bowling performance followed by Gongadi Trisha and Soumya Tiwari’s knocks helped India lift the inaugural U19 Women’s T20 World Cup title after defeating England by seven wickets in the summit clash at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom, South Africa.