IPL champions Kolkata begin victory parade as fans turn up to greet heroes

Thousands of Kolkata fans turned up to greet the victorious Kolkata Knight Riders. Wild cheers went up as the players led by Gautam Gambhir came down from the two team buses PTI

Kolkata: May 29, 2012

With a frenzied crowd of thousands cheering on, Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Tuesday began a victory parade from south Kolkata’s Hazra Crossing on a flower-bedecked open top trailer.

Security forces had a tough time controlling the frenzied people lined on both sides of the road, surging forward and making frantic attempts to touch the players.

At Hazra, thousands waited for hours for the road show to start. Wild cheers went up as the players led by Gautam Gambhir came down from the two team buses and boarded the trailer on which was written in blue and white – “Korechi, Lorechi, Jitechi Re” (We have done it, we have fought it, we have won it)”.

People threw bouquets at the players, who hurled them back to the crowd.

However, there was some disappointment as team co-owner Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan was not present in the parade. However, he was expected to be at the ceremony in Eden Gardens, where more crowds waited anxiously for the victorious team. (IANS)