2nd T20I India vs New Zealand: It is a no-guess that Rishabh Pant is looked at as former India captain MS Dhoni’s successor and hence it was heart-warming to see the latter guiding the southpaw during the 2nd T20I at Auckland. Pant remained unbeaten on 40 off 28 balls as he along with Dhoni took India over the line to level the series 1-1. The Men in Blue won the match by seven wickets. Chasing 159, it was Rohit Sharma who set it up with a breezy 50, upfront.
Here is the moment where Dhoni is spotted coaching Pant in-between change of overs at Eden Park:
This is not the first time Dhoni has been seen guiding the young players. The 37-year-old veteran brings in a lot of experience to the table and hence is being considered as a key cog for India for the World Cup later this year.
Meanwhile, India will look to carry the momentum they gained at Auckland in Hamilton. In a season of many firsts for the Indian cricket team, Rohit Sharma’s men will be aiming to become first among the equals to win a T20 International series in New Zealand when the two sides clash in the final match here Sunday. The past three months have made for a memorable phase for the Indian cricket team, which won its first Test and bilateral ODI series in Australia followed by the biggest one-day series win in New Zealand.
A first T20 series victory in New Zealand will be the icing on the cake for the ‘Men in Blue’, who have far exceeded expectations during their three-month sojourn in this part of the world. With the series locked at 1-1, there is everything to play for in the decider which promises to be a cracker of a contest on a ‘Super Sunday’ with a spicy Seddon Park pitch in the offing.