“Fantastic, superb, terrific, incredible…” were some of the phrases that flew free from Tiruchiites to celebrate India's comfortable win over Sri Lanka in the World Cup final.
“It is celebration time and we will cherish this moment for a long,” exclaimed young and old in one voice. “We were optimistic that India will romp home, but never thought that it will do it so easily and in such a style,” they added.
The day commenced with many cricket fans offering special prayers in various temples. Some of the colleges postponed internal examinations scheduled for the day and declared a holiday to enable the students to witness the grand event. The fans who were in for a severe shock with the quick exit of big hitters Sehwag and Tendulkar in quick succession heaved a sigh of relief as India recovered with a decent partnership for third wicket.
As India's win was confirmed midway through itself, the fans started firing crackers for every run scored in the last ten overs.
“I sat in front of the television by 2 p.m. itself and I enjoyed every moment of the game. I witnessed the match with lot of hope on the Indian batting strength, and they did not fail the countrymen,” says R. Madhunika, a second year BE (ECE) student of Saranathan College of Engineering.
Madhunika had such an interest in the game that she even forced her auditor father R. Ramadoss to stay home to watch the match. “I had not much interest in the game. But the well earned win has made me proud”, Mr. Ramadoss claimed.
“I could return home from my workplace only at 5 p.m., but since I entered my house, I sat in front of the television reciting special prayers. The win over Pakistan in the semi final gave us lot of satisfaction and the triumph in the finals is a memorable one.” This was the reaction of Subha Prabhu, Deputy Administrator, Joseph Eye Hospital.
It was a festival time for the family of Ameer Ahamed Munavary, a retired railway officer. Many of his relatives had gathered at his residence at EB Colony to witness the match. “We used to have such a gathering only during the festivals”, a cheerful Mr. Munavary said. He says that he was reminded of the 1983 final when India outwitted West Indies for its maiden triumph. A group of school students of West Boulevard Road had made a replica of the world cup with pvc pipes, flex board waste etc and it was displayed in front of Ibrahim Park in the heart of the city since last night.