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Sri Lanka’s ICC World T20 2014 players given heroic welcome by fans

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Sri Lanka’s historic World T20 2014 win has sparked off a enormous amount of national euphoria amongst the public © Getty Images

Colombo: Apr 8, 2014

The triumphant Sri Lankan cricketers were  accorded a rousing reception by delirious fans as they touched down at Bandaranaike International Airport here after winning the ICC World T20 2014 crown with the highlight being a victory parade on a decked-up double decker bus.

Fans jumped in unbridled joy the moment they got a glimpse of their nation’s heroes. The cricketers lapped up all the love and adulation prompting them to express their thanks.

Hero of the final against India and now a retiree from T20 Internationals, Kumar Sangakkara captured the hysteria in his camera from the aircraft and posted the picture on Twitter.

“The crowd awaiting our arrival. Took the photo from plane Window. Amazing. Thank you pic,” Sangakkara, who scored a match-winning half-century in the title clash, tweeted.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had invited “all loyal cricket fans to line the roads up to Galle Face Green and welcome our Champion National”. The arrival had been a much-awaited one for the fans as well as the cricketers.

“So excited. It’s gonna be a massive day. Waiting to see all the fans, and family. Rain gods be kind. Off to the airport in an hour,” Sangakkara wrote.

And as it turned out, it indeed was a grand welcome for the players. Sangakkara wrote, “on the double decker bus. Amazing pic.”

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