India’s heroes from Australia return to a rousing welcome from families, friends and fans


‘Ajinkya aala re, aala (Ajinkya is here)…’ individuals sang. It didn’t have the grandeur of Shammi Kapoor’s ‘Govinda aala re, aala’, however to paraphrase Ajinkya Rahane’s former Mumbai Ranji workforce mate Vinayak Samant, the individuals in and round W-54 housing complicated in Matunga revelled of their Amol Palekar-like down-to-earth affinity. India’s (stand-in) captain-fantastic returned dwelling on Thursday morning, and his neighbours and fans rolled out the pink carpet.

Rahane has been taking part in Test cricket since 2013. Never earlier than in his life had he returned dwelling from an abroad tour to such a hero’s welcome. Then once more, by no means earlier than within the historical past of Indian cricket had the Gabbatoir been breached and a depleted India bounced again so spectacularly to conquer Australia in their very own yard. As the captain, Rahane presided over the turnaround.

The Mumbai contingent within the Indian workforce – Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Prithvi Shaw and head coach Ravi Shastri – landed within the Maximum City within the morning. The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) officers had been current to obtain them on the airport. A cake was reduce there itself to have fun the achievement.

Ajinkya Rahane, middle left and head coach Ravi Shastri, second proper are acquired by Mumbai Cricket Association President Vijay Patil on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, in Mumbai on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo)

At the housing complicated in Matunga, the place Rahane lives, his fellow residents had organised a particular reception. The man of the second didn’t neglect to put on a masks. He held his two-year-old daughter Aarya and was accompanied by spouse Radhika. Rose petals had been showered on the boy-next-door hero, whereas the sound of dhols crammed the air.

At the bottom flooring of his house, a particular board displayed Rahane’s Test document as captain – 4 wins and a attract 5 Tests, and three Test collection victories. The 32-year-old stood in entrance of the specially-designed board, as digital camera shutters went into overdrive.

Three years in the past, Rahane was dropped from the Test XI in South Africa regardless of having the very best abroad batting common within the group at the moment. Cricket is a nice leveller.

About 100 kilometres away, firecrackers greeted Shardul Thakur’s homecoming at Palghar. Thakur’s seven wickets and 67 runs within the first innings in Brisbane proved to be game-changing.

‘We will play’

Upon his arrival in Hyderabad, Mohammed Siraj headed straight to his father’s grave from the airport. Siraj’s father, Mohammed Ghouse, breathed his final on November 20. The Indian workforce administration gave the choice to the 26-year-old pacer to return dwelling, however Siraj selected to keep and ended up being probably the most profitable Indian bowler within the Test collection – 13 wickets from three matches.

In Sydney, he and Jasprit Bumrah had been allegedly racially abused by some fans. During a press convention later within the day, Siraj mentioned that match officers had allowed the Indian workforce the freedom to go away the sport following the incident, however Rahane turned down the supply.

Mohammed Siraj speaks to media personnel after his arrival within the metropolis, at his residence in Hyderabad on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (PTI Photo)

“I faced abuses in Australia. The case is going on, let’s see whether I get justice or not. My job was to report the incident to the captain,” Siraj advised reporters, including: “The umpires offered us to leave the game but Rahane bhai said we won’t leave the game. ‘We did no mistake, so we will play’. The abuses which I faced in Australia made me mentally stronger. I didn’t let them affect my game.”

India lodged an official criticism with ICC match referee David Boon and Cricket Australia provided an unreserved apology for the incidents.

Natarajan rides a chariot

Down south in Salem, T Natarajan was placed on a chariot, as a whole lot gathered on the streets to have fun probably the most heart-warming tales in Indian cricket. For somebody from Chinnappampatti, a village 36 kilometres off Salem in Tamil Nadu, it’s been a fairy-tale rise for the 29-year-old. His hardship as a baby and teenager and how with out his distinctive cricket abilities, he might have ended up as a weaver like his father have been effectively documented.

Left-arm pacer T Natarajan gestures throughout a grand welcome ceremony, organised by his villagers, at Chinnappampatti in Salem district, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Natarajan went to Australia as a internet bowler, made a seamless development to white-ball internationals and returned dwelling as a Test cricketer after taking part in on the Gabba. His workforce mate from Tamil Nadu, Washington Sundar, can be late to examine in, scheduled to return dwelling within the early hours on Friday.

Quarantine rest

Meanwhile, the Indian workforce’s Mumbai-based cricketers have been granted ‘special exemption’ from the necessary 14-day quarantine rule after returning from abroad. The stipulation consists of a seven-day quarantine in a resort offered the in-bound passengers check destructive on the airport.

But the house Test collection towards England is commencing on February 5 and the gamers can have to report in Chennai on January 27. After about six months in numerous bio-bubbles, for the Indian Premier League and in Australia, they may enter one other bubble for the following collection. Family time can be brief, however that’s how it’s in a Covid-affected world.


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