IND vs NZ: Moments after getting his ODI cap, Imran Malik is saved by his teammates from a collision



India handed debuts to two youngsters when they faced New Zealand in their first ODI match in Auckland. There is no arguing that this was a big moment for these two and one of them was clearly nervous about the occasion. So much so that he almost ran into the photographer who was covering the hat-handing ceremony. Imran Malik was seen in the video, which was widely circulated, being congratulated by Shekhar Dhawan, after which the young man tried to return to his usual position as he was stunned by his proximity to the photographer who was busy shooting.

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However, he was warned by some teammates which helped avoid a collision. “The camera is dead,” a voice could be heard saying as the team members burst into laughter. The 23-year-old cricketer from Jammu made a mark in 2021 and 2022 IPL after which he was selected in India side for the tour of Ireland and England in June. He also made his debut against England in the third T20I before being dropped from the side. In the end, he lost out of T20 Globalism the cup as well.

However, he is back in the land of the Kiwis and is supposed to be India’s next bowling pace by the time the 2023 ODI World Cup arrives. Malik has an orthodox action that pairs well with a precise run that helps him generate speed over 150. Watch the full incident below.

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Earlier, Arshdeep Singh was handed his ODI cap. By Captain Shekhar Dhaan even as the rest of the squad celebrated and clapped around. India is in New Zealand kicking off the action until the 2023 ODI World Cup which is exactly 11 months away.

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to play on Friday in the first One Day International match against India at Eden Park. Williamson returns to the New Zealand squad after missing the third Twenty20 International on Tuesday due to a pre-arranged medical appointment. India won the series 1-0. New Zealand named four of their bowlers with Tim Southee joined by Matt Henry, Adam Milne and Lucky Ferguson. The multi-level Mitchell Santner provides the option of turning.

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