Before the three-match T20I series between New Zealand and India, the captains of the two teams – Kane Williamson and Hardik Pandya – were seen in the customary photo shoot.
While they were preparing to click pictures with the trophy, a funny incident was captured as well. With the heavy wind blowing, the trophy was almost blown away, but Williamson had some other plans as he showed his reflexes and catch it before any damage was done as well.
However, in the T20 World Cup 2022, New Zealand and India both lost in the semi-finals and now they are all set for the bilateral series. While Willamson will lead the New Zealand team, Hardik Pandya will lead the Indian team in Rohit Sharma‘s absence by the Indian team management.
In a video that has been shared by the official Twitter account of Blackcaps, amid high wind speed during the photo shoot was about to take away the trophy but Kane Williamson picked it up. Soon after, both the captains were seen laughing at the incident as well.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 16, 2022
“The road map starts from now” – Hardik Pandya on preparations for next T20 World Cup
However, Hardik Pandya also spoke to the media on Wednesday mornings, including India’s T20 World Cup exit to Kane Williamson being released by Sunrisers Hyderabad ahead of the mini-auction as well.
“There is a disappointment of the T20 World Cup, but we are professionals. We need to cope with it the way we cope with our success and move forward, look to get better and rectify the mistakes we made,” said Hardik Pandya ahead of the series opener.
“Yes, the next T20 WC is almost two years so we have time (to unearth new talent). A lot of cricket will be played and a lot of people will get enough chances. The road map starts from now. But it’s too fresh right now. We have a lot of time so we will sit down and have conversations on those grounds. Right now it’s making sure that the boys enjoy playing here. We will talk about the future later,” he further added.
India and New Zealand will take on each other in three T20Is and as many ODIs, starting on November 18.