Three-day practice match between India and New Zealand has started on Friday (14th February). Well, India ended the first day by putting 263 runs on the scoreboard. While Hanuma Vihari was the only batter to score a hundred against New Zealand XI at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Well, on Valentine’s Day occasion, Vihari thought to gift his 100-run knock to his wife Preethi Raj, on the day of love.
Vihari took to Instagram and posted the collage of his innings and captioned it as, “Hope you liked the gift! @preethirajy.”
And the cricketer’s wife responded to the post, showing that she loved the gift.
‘I loved it,” Preethiraj’s reply read.
However, it’s not the first time that a cricketer has given such gifts to their wives. Indian opener Rohit Sharma also dedicated a double century against Sri Lanka to his wife Ritika as a marriage anniversary present.
About the game-India vs New Zealand XI:
In Hamilton, India batted first and once again India’s top order failed in front of New Zealand bowlers. Opener Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw both got out on 1 and 0 while the other contender for the opening position Shubman Gill was also out on the duck.
India was four-wicket down when Vihari entered the field. Cheteshwar Pujara and Vihari stitched a 195-run partnership and led India to put 263 on the scoreboard. Vihari scored 101 runs off 182 balls.
Pujara anchored the innings, scoring 93 off 211 balls. While Ajinkya Rahane got out after scoring just 18 runs.
Also, Rishabh Pant, who was benched for last games, scored just 7 runs. Moreover, Wriddhiman Saha and Ashwin got out on a duck.
After playing the practice match, the two teams will play the first Test of the two-match series in Wellington from 21st February.