People filled the streets soon after Dhoni finished the match with a huge six
It was Diwali night all over again in Vijayawada as denizens lit up the sky with firecrackers, celebrating the scintillating victory by Dhoni Sena's over Sri Lanka in the ICC World Cup on Saturday.
Cutting across all barriers, the city's folks spilled on to the streets, soon after Dhoni finished the match with a huge six, and greeted each other by distributing sweets to savour India's second triumph in the World Cup. The major thoroughfares – MG Road and Karl Marx Road -- were choked with cars and two-wheelers, and frenzied honking by youth well beyond midnight.
In-charge district Collector Gaurav Uppal, a die-hard cricket fan, along with other district officials, and members of the Exhibition Society, descended on the Swaraj Maiden to take part in the celebrations. At the all hotels, guests enjoyed the match on large screen while taking advantage of several offers on food items. Earlier, the Krishna District Cricket Association (KDCA) organised a “Good Luck India” signature campaign, in which several students, cricket lovers, officials and Mr. Gaurav Uppal enthusiastically took part, pledged their support to India. The association also installed a huge screen in the evening to enable cricket buffs to watch historic Indian run-chase. “Over 5,000 cricket buffs turned up to witness the match and they had a gala time enjoying every moment of it,” said KDCA secretary Koka Ramesh.
Kusalava Motors Private Limited conducted a rally with their flagship car I10 wishing the Indian Cricket Team a great success in the final. “We hope and pray for the Indian triumph,” said B. Venkata Reddy, company director, in a release.
Fans thronged star hotels, bars and restaurants right from the afternoon to enjoy the proceedings. “We arranged a big screen at our Impulse Bar and Restaurant at DV Manor Food Plaza where over 100 fans enjoyed watching the match,” said Mr. Rajesh Berry, General Manager of Hotel DV Manor. Some hotels even offered unlimited beer to its customers, of course, for a princely amount.
Shops selling the national flag did a brisk business as hundreds bought flags of various sizes to cheer the Indian victory. “Usually the demand peaks before the Independence Day and the Republic Day. Thanks to the World Cup, we (the shop-owners) were able to make a quick buck,” said a trader in Governorpet. Several theatres wore a deserted look, especially during the matinee and first shows.
Millennium Kala Bharathi, a cultural association at One Town, performed a special puja at the Vinayaka Temple near Radham Centre and performed “abhishekam” to the portraits of players with milk.
India's trail blazing World cup victory triggered wild celebrations across Guntur district. Revved up youth wrooming on power bikes screamed all the night celebrating an empathic victory over Sri Lanka.
The skyline sizzled with fire works and sounds hailing India's victory reverberated throughout night. For once, the night seemed to have never ended.
The celebrations reached a crescendo at Brindavan Gardens. The NTR Municipal Stadium witnessed unprecedented and tumultuous scenes, where the Guntur Municipal Corporation set up facility for open viewing the World Cup finals by erecting a huge projection screen. Similar scenes were witnessed at Guntur Club and LVR Club where giant LCD screens have been erected.
The youth brigade had a blast after India's victory. Most of them in high spirits celebrated India's dream of winning the World Cup after a gap of 28 years. Municipal Commissioner M.M. Naik,. Superintendent of Police A. Ravichandra were among those, who caught up the action at the NTR Municipal Stadium.
The fans celebrated at Lodge Centre, Jinnah Tower and Naaz centre. The token presence of policemen could not diminish the enthusiasm of the cricket fans.