25 September 2007

Its RAINING CASH for Boys in Blue !!!!

As the whole country comes out of the euphoria over our fantabulous victory in jo’berg over arch rivals Pakistan to clinch the T20 world cup, our beloved cricketers continue to be showered with all the rewards and gifts….here is a small list:) :
  • $4,90,000( about 2 crores) in official prize money for their Twenty20 World Championship
  • USD 2 million ( about 8 crores!!) for the whole team from BCC
  • Rs 1 crore for Yuvraj Singh, also an ultra-expensive Porsche 919 luxury car for hiiting six sixes in an over.( What about Broad??? Atleast give him a Maruti for getting hit!!)
  • Six Indian cricketers, also the employees of Air India, would be promoted out-of-turn in recognition of their achievement. Also free travel in the country’s flagship career Air India for five years for Team India!!
  • Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) has declared 1.16 lakhs each for skipper Dhoni, Pathan and Gautam Gambhir.
  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh each for Mumbai-based Ajit Agarkar and Rohit Sharma.
  • The Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) has announced a cash reward of Rs 11 lakh each to brothers Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan.Both lads will also be given 5 Lakh each by the gujarat state govt. as well( Yusuf Patahn ke to maze ho gaye ).
  • The Uttar Pradesh government of Chief Minister Mayawati has decided to confer the first Manyavar Kanshiramji International Sports Award to pacer Rudra Pratap Singh.The prize also carries a cash award of Rs 10 lakh.
  • Medium( Read- Please don’t hit me!!) pacer Joginder Sharma, would get a cash reward of Rs 21 lakh announced by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
  • Kerala government has decided to award Rs three lakh to Robin Uthappa and 5 Lakhs to Sreesanth.
  • Yuvraj and Harbhajan will get 24-Karat gold medals from the Association of Twenty20 Cricket India.
  • Delhi players Sehwag and Gambhir will get 5 Lakhs each from Delhi govt.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni will receive the first ever ‘Jharkhand Ratna’ Award for his side’s spectacular victory against Pakistan, which would carry a cash award of Rs 5 lakh and a memento.
  • Himachal Pradesh, who does not have any representative in the team, was also not behind and HP’s CM offered a week’s free stay to all the members of the team in any of the HP Tourism Development Corporation hotels in the state.

This is still not the complete list, as the rewards and the cash have kept on coming ever since the Indian Team step foot back home.

Well done Boys, you have done gr8 and you have got what you deserved(probably a lot lot more than that!!!!!). But we need to remember that ‘…….if reaching the top is difficult , then being there is toughest..’ and who better to teach this lesson than the mighty Australians themselves who come to India next!