Marwaris thrilled at Rajasthan Royals’ IPL victory

June 2nd, 2008 - 8:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, June 2 (IANS) The Marwari community here is thrilled at the Rajasthan Royals winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) final. At the community’s homes, offices and temples, the talk Monday was about the home team’s scintillating win in the cricket tournament. Ruchi Jain, an MBA student, said: “Our community gatherings are full of IPL talks. I just went to our temple in the morning, and all that people were chatting and discussing was about the Rajasthan Royals’ victory.”

The talk was not only among the younger generation, but also the older members who have migrated from Rajasthan. “It was a matter of pride for us, because this makes us feel closer to our home towns,” she said.

Sanjay Bagdi, a broker, said the victory of Rajasthan Royals was the talking point in office. “A few of my colleagues had gone to the match Sunday, wearing the traditional attire. So you can imagine the hoopla in the office Monday.”"

Echoing a similar sentiment, Suraj Agarwal, a trader in Zaveri Bazaar in south Mumbai, felt it was a well deserved victory for the Royals, who were considered the underdogs.

“Our team was the cheapest, without any coach or any glamour element, but we still won. This just proves you need not buy expensive players to win matches. All you need is a good combination and a good leader,” he said.

Airing a similar feeling, Rajesh Jain, a cloth merchant in Santa Cruz, said: “Though the top performers and our captain for the Rajasthan Royals are foreigners, we are proud of them and they are close to our hearts.”

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