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Maharashtra Government Celebrates Cricket Achievements Announces Rs 11 Crore Prize

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde hosted an event at his official residence, Varsha Bungalow, in Mumbai on Friday, July 5, to honour state cricketers who played a significant role in India’s triumphant campaign in the T20 World Cup 2024. Among those felicitated were cricketers Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, and Yashasvi Jaiswal. In a gesture commemorating their contributions to India’s cricketing glory, the Maharashtra government announced a prize of INR 11 crore for the entire team.

The victory celebrations kicked off with a grand parade and a welcome event at Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede Stadium on Thursday. Indian cricketers and their fans gathered in large numbers to celebrate the T20 World Cup success, soaking in the euphoric atmosphere that reverberated through the city. The event at Varsha Bungalow further added to the celebratory mood as the invited cricketers, including the Mumbai Cricket Association alumni, and the team’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, received accolades and praise from the government.

Following the ceremony at Varsha Bungalow, the cricketers were invited to the Vidhan Sabha in Mumbai where the Legislative Assembly acknowledged their achievements. Rohit Sharma, the captain of the World Cup-winning team, received a particularly warm welcome from the assembly members. In his address, he expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister and his team for their support.

“A big hello to everyone, thank you CM sir for inviting us here,” said Rohit Sharma. “He just informed me that this is the first event here, and we are delighted about it. We players are also very happy after witnessing the celebrations in Mumbai yesterday. It has been an 11-year wait for the World Cup; we last won an ICC trophy in 2013. I am immensely grateful to my teammates—not just Dube, Surya, and Yashasvi, but everyone who played a part in India’s success. I consider myself fortunate to have had such a dedicated team. Everyone displayed exemplary effort and rose to the occasion whenever needed.

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The Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, also lauded Rohit Sharma for his remarkable leadership throughout the tournament. “Rohit Sharma has etched his name in the annals of Indian cricket history,” Fadnavis remarked. “He gave us a bittersweet moment by announcing his retirement from T20 Internationals on the same day he led us to World Cup victory. His contributions to Indian cricket are indelible.”

The celebration of India’s T20 World Cup victory was not only a moment of national pride but also highlighted the individual and collective brilliance of the players. The event underscored the importance of recognizing and rewarding sporting achievements, which can inspire future generations to strive for excellence. The prize money of INR 11 crore announced by the Maharashtra government stands as a testament to the state’s commitment to promoting sports and supporting its athletes.

Indian cricket fans have long awaited a World Cup victory, and the team’s success in the 2024 T20 World Cup has reignited the nation’s passion for the sport. The welcome events in Mumbai and the felicitation at Varsha Bungalow reflect the community’s collective pride and joy in seeing their heroes achieve the pinnacle of success. The Maharashtra government’s initiative to honour its cricketers will likely have a lasting impact, encouraging young athletes across the state to pursue their dreams with renewed vigor and determination.

In related cricket news, events such as the IND vs ZIM T20I series, the PCB’s announcement of Pakistan’s bumper home season, and the SAW 1st T20I pitch report have also kept cricket enthusiasts engaged and excited. The world of cricket continues to evolve, bringing new challenges and opportunities that test the mettle of players and captivate fans worldwide.

As the dust settles on India’s latest cricketing conquest, the focus now shifts to the future. With Rohit Sharma stepping down from T20 Internationals, a new chapter begins, and fresh leaders and talents will emerge to take Indian cricket to new heights. The Maharashtra government’s recognition of their cricketers’ achievements serves as a powerful reminder of the glory that can be attained through hard work, unity, and unwavering dedication.