Cricket euphoria peaks in Ongole

Staff Reporter
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Youngsters go round the town holding tricolour

Patriotic fervour: Cricket fans holding motorcycle rally in Ongole on Saturday to wish success for Team India. — Photo: Srinivas Kommuri
Patriotic fervour: Cricket fans holding motorcycle rally in Ongole on Saturday to wish success for Team India. — Photo: Srinivas Kommuri

Excitement reached its peak among cricket fans in the town on Saturday as India clashed with Sri Lanka for the World cup title at the Wakhede statium in Mumbai.

Youngsters went round the town on motorcycles, holding aloft the national tricolour and wishing Team India success in the final.

Amid patriotic fervour, youths led by Muslim Development Organisation District President Sk. Bujji and Secretary Sk. Kasim paid floral tributes to the Father of the Nation at the Bapuji market. They prayed that batting legend scored his 100th international century and help the home team lift the title to end the drought since 1983.

Big screens were organised at community halls to for cricket fans.

Students went to schools in blue dresses to identify themselves with the Indian team. Some schools arranged for viewing of the match in their multi-media labs.

Discoms advanced the power cut from 2.00 p.m to 12.00 noon to enable cricket lovers watch the crucial tie. Special prayers were held at the famous Sai Baba temple at Lawyerpe.

The India-Sri Lanka match marked the ambiance of jingoism combined with the ‘Team India' spirit in West Godavari district.

The cricket enthusiasts drew the images of the World Cup at Powerpet railway station and in the other public spaces in the city.

Some took out processions holding giant tricolours, wishing the Indian team all the best.

A section of youth got painted the emblem of the national flag on their faces and went round in the city.

Cricket betting reached new heights in the district. The punters resorted to ball-to-ball betting with high stakes from the traditional match- to-match.

The reach of TV to every nook and corner of the district and the advent of the mobile phones took the betting to new heights, apart from taking the much fascinated game to every doorstep breaking all the barriers.

However, the spirit seemed to have died down by sunset as the Indian team looked weary and faced initial setbacks.

The scene shifted from street to home with the buffs glued to the idiot box, awaiting the nail-biting outcome.

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