Rain delay, no problem! MS Dhoni takes on New Zealand in ‘soccer volleyball’ game
MS Dhoni paired up with Manish Pandey to take on Martin Guptill and Tom Bruce in a ‘soccer volleyball’ game during the rain-affected third T20 between India and New Zealand at Thiruvananthapuram.cricket Updated: Nov 09, 2017 15:25 IST
India beat New Zealand in 3rd T20I at Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday to clinch the series 2-1.
The final T20 also marked the end of 29-year wait for the coastal city in Kerala to get a taste of first-class cricketing action. But even after such a long wait, fans -- who had eagerly gathered at the Green Field Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram -- were denied a full game due to rain.
While fans waited to get a glimpse of their heroes, the players indulged in a game of football. Somewhere indoors, MS Dhoni, joined by teammate Manish Pandey and Kiwi batsmen Martin Guptill and Tom Bruce, had found an innovative way to spend their time.
In a video shared by Guptill on Instagram, the four cricketers are seen indulging in a game of what can be best described as a mix of football and volleyball by Guptill himself. With a few chairs stacked up as the makeshift net, Dhoni and Pandey are seen facing off against Guptill and Bruce in the experimental game.
Guptill’s post read: What do you do in a rain delay? Play soccer volleyball with @tombruce42 @mahi7781 and @manishpandeyinsta !
India did manage to get the better of New Zealand in the real contest later, beating them by six runs. The hosts batted first and put up a total of 67/5 in the allotted eight overs and managed to restrict the visitors to 61/6.