Cricket fans celebrate team India’s victory in the ICC World Cup Pool B match against Pakistan, in Amritsar, Feb. 15. (Press Trust of India)


From living rooms to the country’s frontiers, celebrations erupted across the nation as India trounced archrival Pakistan in the cricket World Cup. A Press Trust of India report.


Cricket fans distributed sweets and burst firecrackers, while many came out on roads and danced to the beating of drums as soon as Mohit Sharma took the last wicket of Sohail Khan to seal Pakistan’s fate in Adelaide.

The jawans of the Border Security Force (BSF) deployed along the International Border in Jammu also celebrated the victory of team India by distributing sweets among themselves.

A senior BSF officer said, “There is huge euphoria among the BSF jawans deployed along the international border. Right now the celebrations are going on.”

He said while celebrations would be on, there would be no let up in the vigil along the border.

People celebrate team India's victory against Pakistan in ICC World Cup cricket match, in Allahabad, Feb. 15. (Press Trust of India)

People celebrate team India’s victory against Pakistan in ICC World Cup cricket match, in Allahabad, Feb. 15. (Press Trust of India)

In the city too, ecstatic fans filled the streets and burst firecrackers.

“For Indians, especially the resident of Jammu and Kashmir, which shares its border with Pakistan, any game between India and Pakistan is seen as the final of the World Cup and today we have once again won the game,” Jaipreet Singh, a resident of Gandhi Nagar locality in Jammu said.

Greetings poured in for the men in blue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and leaders of various political parties as well as Bollywood personalities.

“We are very proud of you,” Modi says in his message.

“It’s a magnificent victory, ” Banerjee said in her Facebook post.

Amitabh Bachchan celebrates after India won their first match against Pakistan in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, in Mumbai, Feb. 15. (Press Trust of India)

Amitabh Bachchan celebrates after India won their first match against Pakistan in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, in Mumbai, Feb. 15. (Press Trust of India)

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who today made his live cricket commentary, tweeted, “Well played INDIA… Entire team showed resolve, talent and determination..!! May you continue such onwards.. JAI HIND!!”

Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar, who is an avid cricket fan, said, “I congratulate Indian cricket team from my heart for their win.”

At cricketer Mohit Sharma’s house in Faridabad, his parents Mahipal Sharma and mother Sunita Sharma could not stop gushing at their son’s performance.

“We were wishing for the country’s victory and are happy and satisfied with Mohit’s performance,” Mahipal Sharma said.

Mohit took two wickets in the match.

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Kapil Dev (l), Akash Chopra (c), and Amitabh Bachchan doing commentary during the India-Pakistan World Cup cricket match at Star Sports Studio in Mumbai, Feb. 15. (Press Trust of India)

Kapil Dev (l), Akash Chopra (c), and Amitabh Bachchan doing commentary during the India-Pakistan World Cup cricket match at Star Sports Studio in Mumbai, Feb. 15. (PTI)

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan says making his cricket commentary debut alongside legends like Kapil Dev and Rahul Dravid, Feb. 15, was an honor for him.

The 72-year-old evergreen star, who did commentary in Hindi during the World Cup match between India and Pakistan, also shared space with the likes of Arun Lal and Shoaib Akhtar.

Bachchan took to Twitter to express his joy on his new role.

“Commentary for the India Pak match over, an honor to be in the room as legends – Kapil, Rahul, Shoaib… Predicted 300… Got it!” he tweeted.

Shoaib Akhtar (l) and Amitabh Bachchan analyzing the India-Pakistan World Cup cricket match in Star Sports Mumbai studio, Feb. 15. (Press Trust of India)

Shoaib Akhtar (l) and Amitabh Bachchan analyzing the India-Pakistan World Cup cricket match in Star Sports Mumbai studio, Feb. 15. (Press Trust of India)

India, who put 300 runs on the board after batting first, beat their arch-rivals by 76 runs in their first WC match in Adelaide, Australia.

“Yeeaahhhhh! India wins… my second prediction came true too .. is it got something to do with the date 15th Feb!!” he wrote, adding that on this date 46 years ago he signed his first Bollywood film.

“15th Feb…!! Historic date for me… On this date 46 years ago in 1969, I signed my 1st film to join the Film Industry…,” he tweeted.

Bachchan’s impressive debut as a cricket commentator earned him plaudits from several Bollywood stars.

Youngsters get ready for the India vs. Pakistan match at World Cup 2015, in Ranchi, Feb. 14. (Press Trust of India)

Youngsters get ready for the India vs. Pakistan match at World Cup 2015, in Ranchi, Feb. 14. (Press Trust of India)

Sidharth Malhotra tweeted, “Commentary never sound so impactful @SrBachchan live on #IndvsPak superb (sic).”

“Amitabh Bachchan on star sports live – what else do you want – #IndVsPak @SrBachchan,” actor Riteish Deshmukh posted.

Praising Bachchan’s commentary, Alia Bhatt said, “Okay even I am up for the match… So you can’t take the Indian out of an #IndvsPak match after all!! Oh and you gotta love @SrBachchan.”

“What a great morning seeing the India Pakistan match and hearing @SrBachchan commentate,” Shahid Kapoor tweeted.

The 2015 Cricket World Cup is jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29. India are defending champions, having won the tournament in 2011.

About 3,000 school students display a mammoth model of the 2015 Cricket World Cup to cheer up the Indian team at the mega event, in Chennai, Feb. 12. (R. Senthil Kumar | PTI)

About 3,000 school students display a mammoth model of the 2015 Cricket World Cup to cheer up the Indian team at the mega event, in Chennai, Feb. 12. (R. Senthil Kumar | PTI)

An Amritsar-based artist gives final touch to a painting, featuring all the fourteen captains of cricket world cup teams, in Amritsar, Feb. 11. (Press Trust of India)

An Amritsar-based artist gives final touch to a painting, featuring all the fourteen captains of cricket world cup teams, in Amritsar, Feb. 11. (Press Trust of India)

Sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik creates a sand image on ICC World Cup 2015 near the Taj Mahal in Agra, Feb. 13. (Press Trust of India)

Sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik creates a sand image on ICC World Cup 2015 near the Taj Mahal in Agra, Feb. 13. (Press Trust of India)

A cricket fan gets his face painted to wish good luck to team India for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Bikaner, Feb. 13. (Press Trust of India)

A cricket fan gets his face painted to wish good luck to team India for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Bikaner, Feb. 13. (Press Trust of India)

Cricket fans celebrate in front of Indian Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's residence after team India's victory against Pakistan in ICC Cricket World Cup match, in Ranchi, Feb. 15. (Press Trust of India)

Cricket fans celebrate in front of Indian Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s residence after team India’s victory against Pakistan in ICC Cricket World Cup match, in Ranchi, Feb. 15. (Press Trust of India)