A young boy penned a heartfelt note after he was picked as a kid to toss the coin for the second T20I match of the five-match series between New Zealand and Pakistan at Seddon Park in Hamilton on January 14.
The boy named Will presided over the coin toss between New Zealand and Pakistan, which was won by Men in Green skipper Shaheen Afridi and opted to bowl first in the 2nd T20I. Pakistan lost the T20I series opener against Kiwis at Eden Park in Auckland.
The Blackcaps shared a picture of his letter on its Instagram, wherein Will expressed his expressed gratitude towards New Zealand Cricket for picking him as coin toss kid for the Seddon Park T20I match between New Zealand and Pakistan. The young boy added that every player was nice to him and received signatures from the players on his bat.
"Thank you for picking me to be coin toss kid at the Blackcaps vs Pakistan match at Seddon Park, Hamilton which was played last night. I really like it and I got most players signature on my bat." he wrote.
"I was little nervous to start with but everyone was nice to me. Someday, I want to be Blackcap for myself. Thanks for letting me to do that last night. From Will." he concluded the letter.
Young Will also took the photos with New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi and batter Daryll Mitchell as he got the opportunity to watch the Kiwis match on the sidelines at Seddon Park in Hamilton. The Blackcaps managed to make Will's day by not just making him the toss mascot but also defeating Pakistan by 21 runs in the 2nd T20I.
New Zealand clinched T20I series 4-1 against Pakistan
New Zealand won the five-match T20I series 4-1 against Pakistan last month. In the opening match of the series, Kiwis registered 46-run win over Men in Green in Auckland. Daryll Mitchell (61) and Kane Williamson (57) scored fifties while Tim Southee led the bowling attack four-wicket haul.
In the second T20I, Finn Allen starred with the bat as he played a knock of 74 off 41 balls to help New Zealand post a total 194/8 on the board. In response to 195-run target, Pakistan were bundled out for 173 despite fifties from Babar Azam (66) and Fakhar Zaman (50). In Kiwis' bowling, Adam Milne picked four wickets.
In third T20I in Dunedin, Finn Allen yet again produced scintillating performance as he scored 137 off 62 balls, consisted of 5 fours and 16 balls to help New Zealand post a total 224/7 on the board. In response, Pakistan yet again failed to chase down the target despite efforts from Babar Azam (58).
In the fourth T20I in Christchurch, New Zealand batted second and registered seven-wicket over Men in Green. With a target of 159, hosts chased it down in 18.1 overs, thanks to unbeaten 139-run partnership between Daryll Mitchell (72) and Glenn Phillips (70) for the fourth wicket.
In the final T20I, Shaheen Afridi avoided whitewash from New Zealand as they 42-run win over hosts in Christchurch. After posting a total of 134/8 on the board, Men in Green bundled out Kiwis for mere 92 in 17.3 overs. Iftikhar Ahmed picked three wickets while skipper Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Nawaz took two scalps each.