The match between India and New Zealand on Thursday was abandoned due to rain without a single ball being bowled. Fans were very disappointed as they were very much eager to see their favorite cricketers especially MS Dhoni, on the field. But in the end, the fans had at least something to cheer when India’s Head coach Ravi Shastri came to the balcony and displayed MS Dhoni’s No. 7 jersey to them.
Ravi Shastri with Mahi’s Jersey
According to sources, many fans were waiting near the balcony of the Indian dressing room and were cheering Dhoni’s name. Shastri heard them doing that and displayed the jersey No. 7 which belonged to Dhoni, to delight the fans who were disappointed due to the abandonment of the match.
Both the teams, India and New Zealand have shared the points after the washout in Trent Bridge. After the game got canceled, India has five points from three games while New Zealand has seven from four. The fans expected to see their favorite side in action but the rain gods left them disappointed.
India’s next challenge
India is currently positioned at the fourth place in the standings of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and the team next takes on arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday. Kohli said playing against Pakistan is a challenging event and the game brings out the best in everyone in the team.
It is said that surprisingly a stadium that has a capacity of 26,000, more than 8,00,000 people applied for tickets for the match. The organizers have arranged for a ‘fan park’ to screen the match in an outdoor atmosphere for fans in the city who couldn’t get tickets. The large and possibly tensed crowd has kept police on alert. Armed police will be a part of the biggest security operation for a cricket match in Manchester.