IPL 2012 May 29, 2012

Kolkata celebrates KKR's victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tens of thousands of people turned out on the streets of Kolkata on Tuesday to receive the Kolkata Knight Riders team, returning home as IPL winners. The political leadership, top actors and musicians, and the local cricket establishment - including former ICC president Jagmohan Dalmiya - joined the team in the celebrations.

The team began with a five-kilometre open-top parade from the Hazra area of south Kolkata to Writers' Buildings, the seat of government; the crowds - estimated at more than 50,000 - were packed ten and sometimes 20 people deep, with many more on rooftops and balconies. After a short function there, the team headed for Eden Gardens, which had been thrown open to the public for free entry.

At Eden Gardens, almost every seat was occupied - a larger crowd than at most cricket matches. The ceremony there included the traditional presentation of scarves to the squad by the state's chief minister and the cutting of a cake. However, the event was marred by chaotic scenes at the end, with crowds being beaten back by baton-wielding policemen resulting in some injuries.

While most of the Knight Riders' overseas players left the squad at Chennai, Shakib Al Hasan remained behind, as did most of the coaching staff including head coach Trevor Bayliss and mental skills coach Rudi Webster.

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  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    all hail to the legendary worlds best all rounder Shakib al hassan , the victory was given by the amazing catch which broke the patnership later a wicket and the amazing scoop 4 ,thanks a lot to shakib

  • Swapnoneel on May 30, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    @jurooin: o come on gimme a break. dont mention the name of that now-incompetent player who made a fool of himself. and as for the vijay hazare trophy, check this: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/vijay-hazare-trophy-2011/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=6763;type=tournament . his name is not even in the list of the top 50 run getters in that tournament. so what's his contribution even in that tournament?

  • J on May 30, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Rural players are better than Urban players. CSK did well in the initial seasons because of Raina/Dhoni etc. This season also, Tendulker/Sewag/Gambir gave up in the playoffs but Bisla did the job. I wish, CSK takes some non-metro players to fortify the fighting spirit.

  • J on May 30, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    win is a win and must be celebrated..... I am a CSK fan and I know how it feels when your team wins... party long as we don't know who will be the next IPL champion (I hope/wish it is NOT Bombay).

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Haters will hate keep rocking KKR i am fan of KXIP but two other teams i like alot are DD n KKR :)

  • Swapnoneel on May 30, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    @Gagan000: OK call him back. He is hiding in London right now.

  • priya on May 30, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    An Emotional Fans Speaks his Heart -

    Mithun Ganguly Kolkata has forgotten their real prince..its painful to see the ppl of Kolkata cheering a corporate owned team and calling Dada a CPI(M) agent..where were they when he won the Vijay Hazare trophy?no one was even aware of it..he gave his blood and sweat to Bengal cricket,took it to the national scene and this treatment he got frm his City and State..I am feeling ashamed to call myself a Bengali

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Well Thank goodness the city of chennai hasnt done anything as ridiculous as this. Well because people would get bored as we have won so many.

  • Amjad on May 30, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    I guess they needed this celebration after the 0-8 drubbing LOL

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    @desiboy454. Yes, let the players and the franchise owners celebrate a well earned victory with their money. But what is jarring is the CM of an impoverished and debt ridden state splurging public's money!

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