Pro Kabaddi League-2 champs take train journey, jeep ride as part of victory parade
Second edition Pro Kabaddi League winners U Mumba celebrated their Sunday win over Bengaluru Bulls in typical Mumbai style by travelling from Andheri to Churchgate in a train yesterday. The journey was memorable for the players, who, despite tight security, obliged fans with selfies.
U Mumba team captain Anup Kumar (second from left) with teammates hold their Pro Kabaddi League-2 trophy during a train journey from Andheri to Churchgate as part of their victory parade yesterday. Pics/Pradeep Dhivar
U Mumba defender Jeeva Kumar was seen interacting with a lady, who didn't follow the sport, but knew about the team having watched TV.
The Kolkata-based lady asked, "why is there so much fanfare?" to which 34-year-old Jeeva said that the train journey was part of their victory parade.
Jeeva explained that since the team was partying till 5 am yesterday at Taj (Colaba), most players got only three to four hours of sleep: "It's been a crazy day for us.
The U Mumba players in an open-top jeep at Marine Drive yesterday
After the final, we went to the Taj and were partying till 5 am. We reached our hotel (Courtyard Mariott in Andheri) at 7am. Since we had to get ready for the victory parade, we barely got three hours of sleep, but it's worth it."
The First-Class compartment was filled with U Mumba players, owner Ronnie Screwvala with family, security personnel and media persons. Players were seen singing Bollywood numbers, playing pranks and taking selfies with those. who boarded the train.
"I felt like a Mumbaikar, travelled in a train, met fans. It's a memorable day," said U Mumba captain Anup Kumar.