The Indian cricket team sealed a glorious ODI series Down Under in style. After conquering Australia for the first time by winning the three-match series 1-2, India eliminated 10 years of pain by winning a series in New Zealand for the first time since 2009. The 35-run win in the fifth ODI in Wellington gave India a 4-1 scoreline in the five-match series, which is the best-ever for the side in any format ever since touring New Zealand in 1967. The Indian cricket team were high on confidence and in the trophy presentation, the team belted out a famous line from a popular patriotic movie.
In a video uploaded by the official Twitter handle of the BCCI, India cricket team all-rounder Kedar Jadhav is seen shouting, â€œHowâ€™s the Josh?â€ to the entire Indian cricket team and they shout, â€œHigh sir.â€ This is repeated three times. The line is from the popular Bollywood film Uri: The Surgical Strike.
Uri: The Surgical Strike has not only garnered lots of love from fans, it has also performed exceptionally well at the box office. The film has earned close to Rs 170 crore within three weeks of its release. Directed by Aditya Dhar, Uri: The Surgical Strike is based on the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian army in 2016. The film stars Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam, Mohit Raina and Paresh Rawal in key roles.
The iconic line of â€œHows the Josh?â€ has inspired plenty of memes on social media and it has encompassed all beats, most notably politics.
On a difficult pitch in Westpac Stadium, Rohitâ€™s side made amends as they bounced back from 18/4 to reach 252 thanks to Ambati Rayuduâ€™s 90 and a blitz of 45 off 22 balls from Hardik Pandya. The bowlers, led by Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal, ensured New Zealand did not get momentum as Kane Williamsonâ€™s side stumbled.
Speaking after the end of the match, Rohit said the plan to bat first on a difficult wicket was made keeping in mind the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup which will be played in England. â€œI had a look (of the pitch) before the toss and knew that there was moisture, which would be helpful for the fast bowlers initially. As a team we wanted to see how we face the challenges because come the World Cup we will be put into those situations,â€ Rohit said.