The Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur is gearing up to host its maiden international match as India and New Zealand will be locking horns with each other at the venue on January 21, Saturday, for the second ODI of the three-match series. The first game concluded in India’s favor in Hyderabad as the Men in Blue won the game by 12 runs to take a 1-0 lead.
The first game was a rollercoaster. Batting first, India posted a huge total of 349 runs on board owing to a brilliant knock of 208 runs by Shubman Gill. The youngster became just the fifth Indian batter to score an ODI century and became the youngest player ever to surpass the landmark. During the chase, Kiwi all-rounder Michael Bracewell notched up a magnificent ton as he brought his side very close to a win.
But in the end, Shardul Thakur managed to restrict the visiting team from chasing down the total in the final over as the Kiwis were skittled out for 337 runs. The two teams now gear up for the second ODI, which will be hosted by Raipur as the stadium will be hosting its first-ever international match. While IPL and CLT20 games have been played at the venue before, this will be the first international contest.
Inside #TeamIndia's dressing room in Raipur! 👌 👌
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 20, 2023
Ahead of the second game, the BCCI shared a ‘special’ Chahal TV video on their social media handle where the Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is seen giving a tour of the dressing room. The venue includes a luxurious dressing room with all the amenities. In the video, Chahal is also seen joking around with Ishan Kishan as he asked him “Will you tell our viewers about my contribution behind your double century?”
Ishan joined the banter and replied: “Before the game, he had told me to be serious, and sleep on time. He told me ‘believe yourself, you’ve to hit a hundred’, but I did not listen to anything that he said.” Chahal immediately interfered and said, “Because I was not there in Bangladesh”.
While Chahal was taking on the tour, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma went towards him, shook his hand, and hilariously said “Accha future hai tera” (You have a bright future). Chahal then took the viewers on a tour of the food area and showed every dish that was on the menu.