Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Ahead of the first T20I between India and New Zealand in Wellington on Friday, Men in Blue’s stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya was found enjoying a ‘crocodile bike’ ride along with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in Wellington.

Both the captains had also a hearty conversation with each other during the ride.

Team India will take on New Zealand in a three-match T20I series, followed by as many ODIs. Hardik will be leading the side in absence of regular captain Rohit Sharma, who has been rested for the tour Down Under. Apart from Rohit, vice-captain KL Rahul and veteran batter Virat Kohli have also been rested.


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As per Hardik, the series will be a great opportunity for youngsters to prove their worth in the team as some of the seniors will be absent.

“A lot of the main guys are not here but at the same time, the players who are here have also been playing for India for a good amount of 1-1.5 years, even they have had ample chances, and enough time in international cricket to express themselves and showcase what they have. Very excited for them, new bunch and new energy,” Hardik said to BCCI TV.