SHAME : National Anthems Not Played During Ind vs NZ 3rd T20I at Thiruvananthapuram, here is why

Virat Kohli and Co have acquired juggernaut like quality as Men in Blue trampled West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia recently and even defeated Kiwis.

In terms of the contest, the New Zealand team posed a threat like no one else did. Both in the three-match T20Is and ODIs played in India, the visitors squared the series only for India to finish it in the last game that too after a gritty fight.

Same was the story of the India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I being played Green Field International ground in Thiruvananthapuram. Series was hanging in the balance at 1-1 and rain had affected the match to shorten it to eight overs per side only.

India batted first after losing the toss and set a target of just 68 runs. Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal then helped the side win the match by six runs and seal the series 2-1.

This series also contained India’s maiden win over New Zealand in T20I and also helped the side improve their rankings in the shortest format.

In midst of all the action, something really important and big was missed out!

The national anthem, which is supposed to play at the beginning of matches was not played. As per the norm, the two nations are supposed to stand for their respective national anthems before the start of the game. However, the anthems did not take place and the match began after the conclusion of the toss.

“Yes, that was a mistake on our part. We were all there on the ground and in a hurry to start the match after rains. We forgot to play the national anthem.It’s a serious lapse on our part and I apologise (to the nation). It will never happen again,” secretary of Kerala Cricket Association Jayesh George said to Deccan Chronicle.

Reports also suggest that the national anthem was intentionally not played due to the lack of time after the rain delay. However, there has been no official report on the matter.

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 Courtesy: Times Now