India beat New Zealand by six runs in a rain-affected encounter in Thiruvananthapuram to clinch the T20 series 2-1, first ever against New Zealand. These mark the ends of 29-years long wait for Kerala to get to see an international match.
But the fans had to wait longer as most of the game got washed away due to rain. It was the sheer hard work of the groundsmen that the match eventually took place but was reduced to 8 overs-a-side.
While the spectators waited in the stadium to see the heroes in actions, some of the cricketers from both the teams found an innovative way to play volleyball in the dressing room to spend their time.
In a video shared by New Zealand’s opener, Martin Guptill on his social media accounts Instagram, the likes of MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey from India and Martin Guptill and Tom Bruce from the New Zealand were seen playing a game which is precisely a mixture of volleyball and football. They were playing football with their feet, arranging some chairs to divide the court.
Guptill wrote, “What do you do in a rain delay? Play soccer volleyball with @tombruce42 @mahi7781 and @manishpandeyinsta!”
India scored 67 runs in their quota of overs batting first with Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey and Hardik Pandya scoring cheaply. Indian bowlers did an amazing job to defend the score as Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal outclassed the New Zealand batsmen to hand India an important victory.