March 13, 2009

India in New Zealand 2008-09

Dhoni the deep-sea fisher

George Binoy

Cricket tours are hectic, with weeks passing by in a blur of venues, hotels and airports. So when you get a chance to unwind, you take it. The Indians did precisely that on the eve of the fifth ODI in Auckland. Having already won the series, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Paddy Upton, India’s mental conditioning coach, headed out for a deep-sea fishing trip. Rahul Dravid went with them. Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and some others chose a walk in the sky at the City Sky tower while Zaheer Khan attempted to climb the harbour bridge. Coach Gary Kirsten, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Gautam Gambhir and Munaf Patel settled for the more laid-back entertainment provided by a dolphin and whale safari.

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