The reason why the National Anthems were not played during the 3rd T20I
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As the Kerala Cricket Association hosted the first international cricket match at the Green Field International ground in Thiruvananthapuram between India and New Zealand, the T20I was reduced to 8 overs per side after relentless rains throughout the day.
As per the norm, the two nations are supposed to stand for their respective national anthems before the start of play. 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 KCA Jayesh George admitted to Deccan Chronicle.
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The Indian cricket team defeated the Blackcaps in a nail-biting match to take the three-match series 2-1.
This was the Men in Blue's first ever T20I series victory against New Zealand. India had managed to score only 67 runs in their allotted eight overs but managed to defend the total thanks to some tight bowling by Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Reports had suggested that the national anthem was intentionally not played due to the lack of time after the rain delay.
Secretary George also revealed that former cricketers including tainted Indian cricketer S Sreesanth were invited for the match. However, Sreesanth, who is fighting a battle for his return to international cricket did not attend the match.
After defeating New Zealand, the Indian cricket team will look to assert their dominance on a weakened Sri Lankan side who begin their tour on November 16.
Despite the mistake by the KCA, the match went on smoothly. The stadium was filled to capacity and the fans went into delirium after seeing the Indian stars play in front of them.
The fans in the state are known for their passion and support and were praised by the two captains and Indian coach Ravi Shastri as well.