Kolkata, May 29 (ANI): The state of West Bengal went into celebratory mode on Tuesday, welcoming Indian Premier League season five champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) with bouquets, shawls and Sandesh.
Celebrations began from the hotel where the team was putting up. The Kolkata Knight Riders team was given a rousing reception at the Writers Building, the state government headquarters.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and members of her cabinet welcomed the team with bouquets, garlands and sweets on a makeshift stage.
As thousands of fans danced to drum beats, Kolkata Knight Riders team owner Shahrukh Khan and team captain Gautam Gambhir addressed them and thanked them for the warm reception.
The IPL Trophy was handed over to Banerjee, who in turn asked Khan, Gambhir and co-owner Juhi Chawla to help her hold the gong aloft in front of cheering fans.
Shahrukh Khan and Juhi even danced to the tunes of 'Chammak Challo' from movie Ra.One.
Lauding the KKR side for winning the fifth edition of the IPL, Banerjee said: "The name of the team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is connected with Kolkata. We the people of West Bengal welcome all the winning players of KKR in the city."
KKR defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by five wickets Sunday to lift their maiden IPL title.
The team is to take a six-kilometer-long bus tour of the city before entering the Eden Gardens stadium to celebrate further with the fans. (ANI)