Indian skipper Virat Kohli along with some other Indian cricketers, tried their hands at pool on Friday, ahead of the series decider against New Zealand at the Green Park Stadium on October 29.
The 3-match ODI series is leveled at 1-1 after the visitors clinched the first match by six wickets and the ‘Men in Blue’ returned the favor in the second ODI in Pune. The journey has now moved to Kanpur, and this match will decide the series winner and the hosts must be looking to extend their winning run.
However, ahead of the crucial encounter, the Indian cricketers were seen playing pool and other games at their team hotel. The players touched down in the city on Thursday evening and were given a day off before their practice session on Saturday.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted the pictures of Team India relaxing in style and their post read: “Can there be a better team activity than playing different games on an off day? #TeamIndia #INDvNZ”.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 27, 2017
Earlier, both the teams were welcomed in a rather unusual style in Kanpur, as they were felicitated with a ‘saffron’ scarf by the Hotel in which they are staying.
Vikas Mehrotra, managing director of the hotel said, “The plan to welcome the cricketers was inspired by chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s grand Diwali celebrations at Ayodhya. The teams are coming here in the backdrop of Diwali celebrations. The management wants to give the players a feel of real Indian tradition.”