Mumbai, Jul 4: The start of the T20 World Champion Indian cricket team's victory parade here at the Marine Drive on Thursday was delayed as the squad landed in the city a little after 5:00 pm local time. As per the itinerary shared by the officials here, the T20 World Cup winning side was slated for a two-hour open bus parade from the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) in Nariman Point till the Wankhede Stadium from 5:00 PM (Indian Standard Time) to 7:00 PM IST. 'Hardik, Hardik' Fans at Wankhede Stadium Chant in Support of Hardik Pandya As They Await T20 World Cup 2024-Winning Indian Cricket Team’s Celebrations (Watch Video).

However, it was learnt that the team could only leave New Delhi by 3:42 pm after reaching the national capital for a meeting with the Indian PM Narendra Modi earlier in the day, having returned from Barbados only early in the morning. The Wankhede Stadium here was thrown open to fans, who filled up the stands within minutes to celebrate the Indian cricket team's title triumph last Saturday. MCA Allows Free Entry for Fans at Wankhede Stadium for India’s ICC T20 World Cup 2024 Victory Parade.

After arriving in the city, Rohit Sharma's team and its support staff will make their way to the southern tip of the city, which houses the Wankhede Stadium.

The iconic stadium which witnessed India's last ODI World Cup triumph in 2011 had its stands filled to the brim by passionate fans as thousand others waited outside the gates which were closed around 5:00pm.