The young Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant was seen wearing a tape on the right chest of his jersey during the second T20I of the three-match series between India and New Zealand taking place at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi. The reasoning behind it is that the jersey is the one that was worn by India during the recently concluded T20 World Cup.
Since that jersey has the T20 World Cup 2021 logo on it, Rishabh Pant was taped it off as ICC’s logo isn’t allowed to use in bilateral series. Other Indian cricketers were spotted the regular jersey which has the branding of the Jersey sponsor of the Indian team – BYJU’s on it.
The Indian team witnessed an early exit from the T20 World Cup 2021 in the Super 12 stage itself after heavy losses to Pakistan and New Zealand in their first couple of matches of the tournament. This set them back quite a lot and they were unable to recover from it, eventually crashing out. Australia went on to win the T20 World Cup as they registered a dominating win over New Zealand in the final.
Fast bowler Harshal Patel received a well-deserved debut in India’s playing XI during the second T20I against New Zealand on Friday. His RCB teammate, Mohammed Siraj, was ruled out with a finger injury and Harshal was slotted in his place.
The 30-year-old Harshal Patel went on to win the purple cap in the recently concluded IPL 2021 season that was held in India and UAE in two phases. He managed to scalp as many as 32 wickets in 15 games, equaling the record of Dwayne Bravo for the most wickets in a single season of the IPL.