Thiruvananthapuram was hosting an international match for the first time since November 2018, and a sizable crowd gathered at the stadium to support Team India.
India’s captain Rohit Sharma crossed the rope during the conclusion of the first T20I, which India won by an 8-wicket margin.
On September 28 at Thiruvananthapuram’s Greenfield International Stadium, the first T20I in a three-match series between South Africa and India was held. The visitors beat the Proteas by 8 wickets.
In the opening three overs, the Indian pacer pair of Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar ran riot, dismissing five South African batsmen for just nine runs. The South Africans were never able to recover and could only manage 106 runs on the board for the loss of eight wickets.
India’s response saw them easily reach the mark despite a shaky beginning and chase down the total in 16.4 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets. KL Rahul, who batted first for Rohit Sharma and company, scored the most runs with a score of 51 not out from 56 balls. Suryakumar Yadav, who batted at number four, also made an unbeaten 50 from 33 balls.
Rohit Sharma interacted with several aspiring cricketers:
KL scored a six to end the game and reach fifty overall. India only played in Thiruvananthapuram three times previously to this match, therefore following India’s victory, captain Rohit Sharma made sure the supporters present at the stadium had a good time. The famous batsman went over the rope to greet the crowd and sign autographs for the kids who were there to support India.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 2022
The heartwarming video was shared on the official Twitter handle of the BCCI.
“Just a little something for the fans here in Thiruvananthapuram, courtesy Captain @ImRo45,” the caption of the video read.
Fans have been cheering on Team India ever since they arrived in Kerala’s capital city by following the team van and erecting massive cutouts of the players. A fan once entered the stadium during a match to meet and greet Rohit, and he was observed touching the Indian cricketer’s feet.