Nine-year-old Indian girl joins Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson at toss
Nine-year-old Hannah Raval stands next to Virat Kohli at Bay Oval. (Image: BCCI)

A nine-year-old Indian-origin girl, Hannah Raval, got the opportunity to stand next to Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson at the toss for the third ODI between India and New Zealand at Bay Oval on Saturday.

In what has become customary at tosses for international matches, young Hannah was picked from a random draw before the game. (LIVE UPDATES: INDIA vs NEW ZEALAND)

Speaking to Deccan Chronicle before the ODI, her father Nilay Raval, a Gujarati businessman settled in New Zealand since 2007, revealed that the girl is a big fan of MS Dhoni.

When the two captains- New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and India’s Virat Kohli- go out for toss ahead of the second ODI at Mount Maunganui on Saturday, they will be accompanied by a nine-year-old girl, Hannah Raval. (READ MORE2nd ODI: Unchanged India opt to bat versus New Zealand)

“ANZ Bank (the sponsor) has nominated her (from a random draw) for a once in a lifetime opportunity to be with the two captains at the toss”, said Raval. “She will be handing over the coin to the home captain. Hannah’s birthday is on 31st January but she has already got the biggest birthday gift in advance. She was at the Hamilton ground when Indian team came to New Zealand in 2014.

“Hannah is a great fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and her nickname is Dhoni. She plays cricket like Dhoni and also drinks milk like Dhoni, minimum 1 to 2 litre a day. Hannah started playing cricket in the same suburb as Kane (Williamson) used to live in the same suburb called Otumoetal as Kane in 2014-15.”

Dressed in a Blackcaps replica kit, Hannah stood next to Kohli and Williamson and gave the Indian skipper a sketch done by her young brother Nirman.