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ICC World Cup 2023: New Zealand cricket team meets Dalai Lama ahead of clash with Australia


ICC World Cup 2023: New Zealand cricket team meets Dalai Lama ahead of clash with Australia


ICC World Cup 2023: New Zealand cricket players on Tuesday met Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama at his residence in McLeod Ganj in Dharamshala. The visit comes ahead of the Kiwi’s clash with Australia on Saturday where they will try to recover from their defeat against India. Dalai Lama shared a picture of his meeting with the New Zealand players.

“HHDL meeting with players and their families of the New Zealand cricket team at his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on October 24, 2023,” Dalai Lama said in a post on X.

New Zealand has emerged as one of the strongest teams in the ICC World Cup 2023. The Blackcaps were maintaining their winning spree before arriving at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium, where they faced their first defeat against India. Mohammed Shami bowled a beautiful spell and clinched 5 wickets to derail New Zealand’s strong batting order while Virat Kohli led a stunning run chase to lead India to their 5th consecutive victory in ICC World Cup 2023.

“When you start, it’s very important that you get a good start for your team. That’s your role. Myself and the other bowlers chose the right areas to hit and fetched the desired rewards. We bowled in the right areas. We did well to restrict them to a gettable score and the result is in front of you,” Mohammed Shami said after India’s victory.

Rohit Sharma making history 

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, who has been absolutely magnificent during the tournament became the first Indian batter to reach a half-century of sixes in the ODI format in a calendar year. With 4 sixes against New Zealand, Rohit Sharma’s six tally this year touched 53.

He is close to breaking the record of former South African skipper AB de Villiers, who smashed 58 sixes in 2015.

(With inputs from ANI)

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Updated: 24 Oct 2023, 04:33 PM IST


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