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Bay Oval: Maori Community welcomes Indian Team in their traditional way

Bay Oval: Maori Community welcomes Indian Team in their traditional way

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 25 Jan 2019, 12:25 pm

Bay Oval, Jan 25 (IBNS): The Indian cricket team on Friday received an unusual welcome as they assembled in Bay Oval for the second ODI of the series.

In fact, it was the members of the Maori Community who welcomed the Men in Blue to the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, creating an unusual experience for them to remember for a lifetime.

The community members performed a dance form known as powhiri.

The Indian cricketers posed with the community member for pictures as the images were uploaded on the official Twitter page of the BCCI.

"#TeamIndia received a traditional welcome at the Oval Bay from the Maori community. Full video coming up soon on," the Indian cricket board captioned one of the images.

The Twitter handle of Bay Oval NZ also added several images of the traditional welcome session.

Indian Team head coach Ravi Shastri tweeted: "Great to be welcomed and blessed by Māori pōwhiri from Ngai Tukairangi and Ngati Kuku, the manawhenua for the Bay Oval area @BayOvalOfficial #NZvIND."

India defeated New Zealand int he first match of the ODI series to take 1-0 lead.


Image: BCCI Twitter page