Auckland fans of the visiting Team India might want to hear the famous victory chant "How's the Josh?" High Sir!, one more time today at the Eden Park Stadium where India plays New Zealand at second T20 International match.
The stylish victory celebration by Team India after winning One Day International series against New Zealand on Sunday, February 3, at Wellington had once again reaffirmed the fact that Indians are crazy about cricket and Bollywood.
Soon after lifting the trophy at presentation ceremony the Team India has just one question to ask – from the recent Bollywood flick Uri – “How’s the josh?”
The much-expected response, which also reflected the popular mood back in India, mesmerised one and all at the stadium and beyond, when Team India roared back, “High Sir!”
The phrase from the Vicky Kaushal-starrer Bollywood movie ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ has found a lot of popularity after it was used by a number of politicians and Team India also celebrated the win with the now iconic movie line.
The icing on the cake for victory celebrations of the all-conquering Team India was impromptu Bhangra dance by Shikhar Dhawan.
“Coming here and beating New Zealand 4-1 is a massive achievement. They play very good cricket, so it is a great take away for us. Last time we were thrashed 4-0. We didn’t have a point to prove but we just wanted to play good cricket, which we have been doing for the past 8-10 months now,” Rohit Sharma said after the match.
After clinching the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series, a confident India will aim to carry the momentum to the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series despite losing in the first match at the same venue on Wednesday, February 6.
Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan had told reporters on Tuesday, “We would be looking to win the series and carry the momentum back home for the Australia series."
Veteran India wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni also returned to the T20I squad after a long hiatus. The Ranchi stumper last featured in a T20 match in July.
In the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli who has been rested, Rohit Sharma will lead the squad, and in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli who has been rested, Rohit Sharma will lead the squad.
Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the pace attack which comprises of Mohammad Siraj, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed and all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
The spin department will consist of chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Part-time spinners Kedar Jadhav and Krunal Pandya might come into the picture as well.
New Zealand, on the other hand, will miss the services of opener Martin Guptill. Failing to recover from a back injury, the experienced batsman was ruled out of the series.
Guptill had sustained the injury while throwing a ball during fielding practice on the eve of the fifth ODI after which he was forced to miss that contest.
The Kiwi opener underwent a fitness test on Monday morning where he continued to feel pain in his lower back. Later, New Zealand coach Gary Stead confirmed that Guptill will miss the series.
Bowling all-rounder James Neesham, who was earlier left out of the T20I squad, has now been included as Guptill's replacement.
A lot will depend on the top-four batsmen -- Kane Williamson, Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme and Lockie Ferguson. They need to click for New Zealand to have the upper hand.
The middle-order consists of youngsters Scott Kuggeleijn and Daryl Mitchell. The duo will be supported by veteran batsman Ross Taylor.
In the bowling department, it will be interesting to see the performances of debutant all-rounder Daryl Mitchell and pacer Blair Tickner in the absence of star pacer Trent Boult, who has been rested.
Spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner have also been included in the squad.
The next match is scheduled to be held in Auckland’s Eden Park on Friday, February 8.