Replica or Real? Here’s the Truth

Indian cricket fans are erupting in joy as their team returns home after clinching a historic T20 World Cup victory. The win marks the end of a ten-year wait for a world title, and the celebrations are set to be epic. However, a curious detail has emerged – the trophy Team India is carrying is actually a replica.

Replica Tradition: Celebrating Victory with a Memento

While it might sound surprising, the use of a replica trophy for celebratory purposes is a long-standing tradition. Here’s how it works:

  • Real Trophy for Photos: After the final match, the winning team gets presented with the real trophy for the official photo shoot.
  • Replica for Keeps: They then receive a replica trophy, meticulously crafted to resemble the original, to take back home and celebrate with. This replica even features the specific year’s event logo, making it a cherished memento of their victory.

Where’s the Real Trophy? Secured at ICC Headquarters

So, where’s the real T20 World Cup trophy while Team India parades a replica? The original trophy is flown back to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) headquarters in Dubai after the celebratory photo shoot. This ensures the safekeeping of this valuable cricketing symbol.

Team India’s return to India is packed with celebratory events. After meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, the team headed to Mumbai for a victory parade. Cricket fans in Mumbai had been eagerly waiting to see their heroes raise the replica trophy at the iconic Wankhede Stadium, reminiscent of MS Dhoni’s victory celebrations in 2011. The celebrations were however delayed significantly owing to severe rains at Wankhede and adjoining areas. Nonetheless, the fans continued to assemble in large numbers to cheer for the champions. 

The replica trophy might not be the original, but it still represents India’s incredible achievement. Cricket fans are ecstatic to witness their team’s triumph, and the upcoming celebrations promise to be a spectacle.

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