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Team India leaves for West Indies

Harish K in Mumbai | March 01, 2007 04:15 IST

It was a send-off the Indian cricket team was hardly expecting as they left the country for the 2007 World Cup from Mumbai early on Thursday morning as a huge crowd waved them goodbye and wished them good luck.

A huge crowd of around 1,000 people were waiting at the Mumbai international airport, waving flags and chanting 'Come on India' as the team departed for the West Indies.

"India win will this World Cup. Go India Go," shouted a few fans, as they danced frantically waving the Indian tri-colour.

For some it was a night to remember. "I just can't believe I saw the entire Indian team leaving for the World Cup," said a female fan.

But for the passengers departing around the same time as the team, it was a horror story as they had to weave their way around the fans, who nearly blocked the road and the entry point.

It was chaos all around and fans even kept cheering the team long after disappeared into the airport terminal. It was a rare sight for the security personnel at the airport and they had a tough time dispersing the huge crowd.

India last won the World Cup in 1983 and it was obvious to see the fans expecting their second title triumph in the Caribbean, after the team's fine showing at home against the West Indies and Sri Lanka recently.

India, placed in Group B, begin their campaign in the World Cup, against Bangladesh on March 17.

Watching the reception that the Indian team received at its departure, it would be anyone's guess as to how the team would be received if they manage to return back home as world champions.

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