On Wednesday, New Zealand Cricket officially launched the trophy for the upcoming T20I series between India and New Zealand. The skipper of both sides, Kane Williamson and Hardik Pandya were present on the occasion. India will play three-match T20I series followed by three-match ODI series on New Zealand soil. The first T20I game will be played at the Sky Stadium in Wellington on 18th November.
It will also be the first assignment for both sides after their respective exits from the semifinals of the T20 World Cup 2022. While New Zealand have announced a full-strength squad for the series, India have rested the seniors and the all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been appointed as the skipper for the T20I series.
Ahead of the first game, New Zealand Cricket arranged a trophy unveiling session on Wednesday. The respective captain of both nations, Kane Williamson of New Zealand and Hardik Pandya of India reached the venue by riding a crocodile bike.
Kane Williamson saves the trophy from falling during the unveiling
The official Twitter handle of New Zealand Cricket has posted a video in which Kane Williamson could be seen saving the trophy from falling and later joking that he will keep the trophy.
The incident took place when both skippers were posing alongside the trophy for the photo session. However, it was too windy out there and the cardboard stand of the trophy got imbalanced. Meanwhile, Williamson was alert to the situation as he picked up the trophy before falling.
“I will have that,” Kane Williamson jokingly quipped after doing so. Everyone around, including Hardik Pandya, had a good laugh about it.
Watch the video here:
Both India and New Zealand will look to win the series to put their respective heartbreaks in the T20 World Cup 2022 behind them. India lost the semifinal to the eventual champions England by 10 wickets, while New Zealand lost the semifinal to Pakistan by 7 wickets. Both teams now will be eager to have a fresh start.