For Indian cricket, success on overseas tours has been rare. Most teams returning from international tours especially from places like Australia, England, South Africa and New Zealand have been greeted with a wave of criticism from the media and public alike. Sometimes, things have gone out of hand when angry fans have burnt effigies and pelted stones at players’ houses.

But as the Indian cricket team returned triumphant from Australia after a valiant effort, the players have received a hero’s welcome.

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Captain Ajinkya Rahane and coach Ravi Shastri arrived in Mumbai along with were star batsman Rohit Sharma, pacer Shardul Thakur and opener Prithvi Shaw, while Brisbane Test hero Rishabh Pant landed in the national capital early this morning.

T Natarajan, who was originally picked as a net bowler but became the first Indian cricketer to make his international debut across all three formats during the same tour, landed in Bengaluru and then took off for his village in Tamil Nadu’s Salem.

The players from Chennai, including veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, rookie Washington Sundar and bowling coach Bharat Arun are currently in Dubai and are expected to reach the country early morning on Friday.

The return of the stars sparked celebrations in different parts of the country.

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Rahane was welcomed in traditional style at his home in Mulund as he was showered with petals.

In a different part of the city, Shardul Thakur too received a warm welcome back home.

The most grand welcome though was for pacer T Natarajan who made a dream debut in Australia.

The Mumbai Cricketers were also felicitated by the Mumbai Cricket Association where they celebrated by cutting a cake.

For Rishabh Pant, there might not have been garlands or fire crackers or chariots but there he was received by journalists who for once had pleasant questions to ask to him

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