Team India, led by Hardik Pandya, gets a traditional “Powhiri” welcome in Tauranga before the second T20I against New Zealand. See pictures The team led by Hardik Pandya arrived in Tauranga on Saturday, where they were given a “powhiri” welcome.
Since the rain stopped play in the first T20I between India and New Zealand before a single ball was bowled in Wellington, all eyes are now on the second game of the three-game series in Mount Maunganui. The team led by Hardik Pandya arrived in Tauranga on Saturday, where they were given a “powhiri” welcome. Everyone in the Indian group looked like they were having a good time.
A Maori welcome ceremony called a “powhiri” includes speeches, cultural performances, singing, and then the “hongi.” It is used both to welcome guests to a marae and during other ceremonies.
For most people who don’t speak Maori, the most exciting part of powhiri is the beginning, when the visitor is aggressively challenged.
India and New Zealand were supposed to play their first T20 International of a three-match series in Wellington on Friday, but the game was called off because of constant rain that made the field unplayable. As part of their tour of New Zealand, India is scheduled to play two more T20Is and then three ODIs.
Both teams were there after losing in the semifinals of the T20 World Cup in Australia. India lost to England, who ended up winning the tournament, and New Zealand lost to Pakistan.
In the absence of regular captain Rohit Sharma, the Indian Twenty20 team is led by top all-rounder Hardik Pandya, and wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant is his deputy.