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Monday, April 4, 2011

Freebies galore for Indian cricketers

Stupendous success brings incredible rewards. Not all of them are monetory. There are some that are psychologically, enormously satisfying.

So, a day after the Indian team won the World Cup, Delhi government announced cash rewards for captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and four Delhi players in the squad - Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Ashish Nehra and Virat Kohli.

As soon as city boy Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit the match-winning six at the Wankhede stadium, thousands of his fans hit the streets in a frenzy the city has seen in recent times.

Euphoric Mumbaikars spilled onto the streets and partied like never before late on Saturday (02-Apr-2011) night after India won the World Cup.

It's raining rewards for the winning squad. Not only a 10 million largesse from BCCI, state governments are also queuing up to shower the cricketers with big money.

Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda on Sunday announced that land would be allotted to local boy and Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to set up a cricket academy and school.

The Jharkhand unit of the Congress on Sunday demanded that the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, be conferred on local boy Mahendra Singh Dhoni for leading India to victory in the cricket World Cup after 28 years.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Mayor SK Nataraj announced on Sunday that a road would be named after Team India Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his outstanding performance in the World Cup tournament and cricket.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa announced his government would honour the victorious members of the Indian cricket team with a residential plot each from the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).

Two Days after lifting the World Cup, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar spoke to the media on Monday (April 4), where he admitted that he was overwhelmed with emotion when India defeated Sri Lanka on his home ground.

"He (Dhoni) is the best captain I have played under. He is very sharp and always alert. He reads the situation well and is open to sharing ideas. He always has discussions with bowlers, batsmen and senior players separately," said Tendulkar.

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