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Celebrities say cheers to ‘Cup of Joy’ as Team India end trophy drought

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A galaxy of film stars, led by Chiranjeevi, Mohanlal, and Anupam Kher, to Kajol Devgn and Raveena Tandon, and a galaxy of other celebrities from all walks of life joined a delirious nation to cheer Team India for pulling off an incredible T20 World Cup win against South Africa at the Kensington Oval, Barbados, on Saturday night.
Celebrated screenwriter and poet-lyricist Javed Akhtar was brimming over with pride as he took to X to write: “Calm, cool, focused, together and determined to win. Our whole nation stands to learn so much from these boys!!! Congratulations and thank you Cricket Team of India.”
Tollywood’s Mega Star Chiranjeevi could not contain his joy, like every other Indian. Going on X, he commented: “INDIA ON TOP OF THE WORLD!!! What an ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC way to win the ICC T20 World Cup after 17 long years!!! Bravo Virat Kohli!”
Raveena Tandon, who carried a picture of her celebrating holding up the Tricolour, said: “Just amazing #teamindia. Many many congratulations! You don’t know how happy you’ve made your country! What a win!!!!! Bharat Mata ki Jai!!!!!!”
Senior actor Anupam Kher could only exclaim “India” like an excited child in a toy store as he took to Instagram Reels to celebrate India’s historic win after 2007.
Ananya Panday was equally brief, but expressed the sentiments of millions when she described Team India as “our true champions”.
Anil Kapoor and Rashmika Mandanna forwarded the BCCI’s celebratory post on X that simply said: “CHAMPIONS!”
Rising Bollywood star Varun Dhawan had more to say. Taking to Instagram, he wrote: “What a team what performances @rohitsharma45 leading from the front in every game @virat.kohli the #goat playing his last T20 for India bringing so much joy to every Indian. An emotional Ayushmann Khurana commented: “Whatta match! Whatta bunch! This Indian team has given joy to billions of Indians. We are the world champions!
Randeep Hooda was a little more analytical. He said: “From the land of batsmen comes a bowling squad that wins it!! Bumrah is the God of swing & Arshdeep & Axar (batsmen too) .. Kohli the bat & Rohit the revenge … heart goes to #SA too, so close and so far too many times … thank you Rahul Dravid.”
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Amitabh Bachchan, writing on X, said it for the nation with his one-sentence comment: “Tears flowing down … in unison with those that TEAM INDIA sheds … World Champions India … Jai Hind, Jai Hind, Jai Hind.”
Aamir Khan, smiling from ear to ear, posted a video on X with this congratulatory message that ended with him flashing a thumbs up sign: “Congratulations Team India! What a great match! Loved it. Thank you for some great cricket. You guys really do us proud. Lots of love.”
Anushka Sharma shares special note for hubby
Calling him her “home”, she wrote a sweet note for Virat on her Instagram handle along with his picture holding the trophy. “AND ….. I love this [email protected] . So grateful to call you my home..- now go have a glass of sparkling water for me to celebrate this !”
She mentioned, “Our daughter’s biggest concern was if all the players had someone to hug them after she saw them cry on tv….. Yes, My darling, they were hugged by 1.5 billion people.. What a phenomenal victory and what a legendary achievement!! CHAMPIONS – CONGRATULATIONS!!” (Agencies)

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