Travelling With The Indian Cricket Team And Living The Dream; Experience Of A Lifetime

Hurricane Beryl hit Barbados a day after India lifted the 2024 T20 World Cup Trophy on Saturday (June 29). It left the team and the Indian media stranded on the island. BCCI secretary Jay Shah was in the process of organising a special private flight for Team India to take them straight home and he graciously invited the 20 off travelling media to travel back with them.
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Team India won the 2024 T20 World Cup. Photo: AP

Hurricane Beryl hit Barbados a day after India lifted the 2024 T20 World Cup Trophy on Saturday (June 29). It left the team and the Indian media stranded on the island. BCCI secretary Jay Shah was in the process of organising a special private flight for Team India to take them straight home and he graciously invited the 20 off travelling media to travel back with them.
After a few delays, on 2nd July, we finally boarded the Air India 777 Boeing from the Grantley Adams Airport, which admittedly was the largest aircraft the airport had ever seen.
The cricketers and their families boarded first with the ICC World Cup trophy perfectly sealed in a black trunk. The media contingent boarded right after and were seated behind the team and the management. What followed was laughter, chit-chats and some light-hearted conversations between the cricketers and media and one didn’t realise when the 16-hour flight ended.
Captain Rohit Sharma made his way to the media aisle multiple times just to ensure how we were doing, how our journey was going and had a quick photo session in the flight as well.
A beautiful moment when Rishabh Pant came and sat with us and conversations flowed about his time in recovery and how surreal it was to see him not just batting but wicket-keeping and eventually lifting the trophy. He was grateful for all the compliments and signed off saying - ???? ????? ???? ?? (everyone's prayers are felt).
Shivam Dube, Mohammed Siraj, Ravindra Jadeja and Rahul Dravid all stopped by for selfies and some light-hearted conversations.
The most special moment that took us by surprise, a pleasant one of course, was when the elusive trophy was taken out of the trunk box and we were given an unforgettable opportunity to hold it, feel it and take a picture with it for memory's sake. Smiling and giggling with excitement, all took multiple pictures with the trophy, because who knows when a moment like this would ever come again for the travelling media contingent.
Hurricane Beryl did play spoilsport for a bit and the wait to celebrate at home got a little longer but it gave us memories that will be second to none.
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