India won the New Zealand series 2-1    AFP
India won the New Zealand series 2-1 AFP

The deciding T20I of the IndiaNew Zealand three-match series was surely one of the most exciting matches played in recent times. Curtailed to 8 overs a side due to rain, the match went in India s favour in the very last over, entitling them as the winners of the series. However, the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) missed on a major ritual. Playing the national anthem of both sides before any game is a rule followed in all ICC matches barring any special instruction. But it was skipped during this particular match.

“Yes, that was a mistake on our part,” KCA secretary Jayesh George told Deccan Chronicles. “We were all there at 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.”

India vs New Zealand, T20Is: Report Card for Team India
India vs New Zealand, T20Is: Report Card for Team India

Controversial Indian pacer S Sreesanth is learnt to have been invited for the same match. However, it was confirmed by George that he did not attend.

India won the T20I series 2-1. They had outwitted New Zealand in the ODIs also. India s next assignment is a full series against Sri Lanka at home before they head to South Africa.