Ahead of the second of the five ODIs, the Indian cricket team reached the city of Tauranga earlier today and were received with a warm welcome by the Maori Community of Mount Maunganui.
In a traditional ceremony, the members of the historically prestigious community greeted the Men in Blue and the rest of the staff including the head coach, Ravi Shastri, with a wonderful performance which was later acknowledged and praised by the official Twitter handle of the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI).January 25, 2019
Shastri, who was elated to be a part of the punctilio, also showed his appreciation.January 25, 2019
“Great to be welcomed and blessed by Maori powhiri from Ngai Tukairangi and Ngati Kuku, the manawhenua for the Bay Oval area,” expressed the former cricketer.
According to the New Zealand Immigration, the Maori culture runs deep in the day-to-day lives of a great portion of the Kiwi population. For centuries, it has influenced the cuisine, language and even the attitude of the people living there.
Coming back to the ODI series between India and New Zealand, Virat Kohli and his boys have had a remarkable start with a dominating performance by the bowlers led by the Man of the Match, Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav while Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli managed to seal it after an initial bump to the batting order with an early Rohit Sharma wicket.
With the Indian side pondering over a couple of changes in their middle order, a new addition to the squad is being considered. After the Committee of Administration (CoA) under the BCCI lifted the ban on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their controversial comments on Karan Johar's show, 'Koffee With Karan', Pandya is on his way to the Kiwis' paradise to join the rest of the team on the Board's order.