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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 March 2007, 10:44 GMT 11:44 UK
Humbled Indian team returns home
Rahul Dravid on his way home after arriving at Bangalore
Captain Rahul Dravid was among the first players to return
India's cricketers have returned home under tight security after the side's shock exit from the World Cup at the group stages.

India, one of the pre-tournament favourites, lost to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as they failed to progress.

The media and former cricketers have come down heavily on the cricket team after its defeat, with some fans burning effigies of the players.

Experts suggest large-scale changes in the team may be in the offing.

There was heavy security at the airports in the Indian, where the cricketers arrived.

Indian captain Rahul Dravid along with team-mates Anil Kumble and Robin Uthappa reached their home city, Bangalore, early on Thursday.

Opener Virender Sehwag and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni were taken out through an exit gate at the airport in Delhi and driven home under police escort.

Coach Greg Chappel arrived in Mumbai along with Sachin Tendulkar, Ajit Agarkar, Irfan Pathan and Munaf Patel.

The police have tightened security at most of the team members' homes around the country.

The Indian cricket board has confirmed it will analyse the team's elimination, with both Chappell and captain Rahul Dravid's jobs expected to be key topics for discussion.

The views of former captains Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev will be heard by a special committee at a two day meeting starting on 6 April.

India have, meanwhile, been fined for a slow over-rate in their game against Sri Lanka.

Captain Dravid was docked 10% of his match fee by match refere Jeff Crowe and the rest of the team each had their fees reduced by 5%.


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