When Henry Nicholls was batting with New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson during the 100-run fourth-wicket stand yesterday, there was one person at the press box who kept a close eye on the left-hander's every move. Willy Nicholls -- Henry's elder brother -- is the media and communications manager of New Zealand Cricket, and he looked dejected when his brother shouldered arms against Mehedi Hasan Miraz and was bowled after scoring 53 runs.
A lively Willy, who was smiling just a minute ago, looked sad and was not even willing to speak for a while. When this reporter tried to cheer him up, Willy said: “Obviously I am disappointed as Henry has now been dismissed by Mehedi for at least four-five times. He was out twice in the three-match ODIs series. Mehedi also bowled Henry in a Test when he was on 98 back in 2017 and it's really getting annoying.”
Found love in a hopeless place
Nothing seemed to be going right for Bangladesh on the second day of the first Test at Seddon Park as the New Zealanders dominated the Tigers' bowlers throughout the day. There was hardly anything to cheer about for the visitors or the very small contingent of Bangladesh supporters, apart from some rare dismissals yesterday. Just after Mehedi Hasan Miraz dismissed Henry Nicholls, the disk jockey at the ground -- who seem to understand the situation pretty well -- played Rihanna's famous track 'Found love in a hopeless place'. This unexpected love and sympathy from the home DJ would surely have encouraged the Tigers and for the crowd, it was a perfect song at just the right moment.