Kolkata: The state of West Bengal went into celebratory mode on May 29, welcoming Indian Premier Leagueseason 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 Shah Rukh 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.
The team took a six-kilometer-long bus tour of the city before entering the Eden Gardens stadium to celebrate further with the fans.