Cricket tour of India a great experience
Dannevirke’s Campbell Ingram was revelling in the experience of touring with the Kiwicaps to India in earlier this year.
He was selected by coach Jacob Oram as a wicket keeper/ batsman for this Under 18 side having attended a number of training camps with him.
The Kiwicaps played seven games over 15 days, staying a week in Mumbai and a week in New Delhi.
The team played well according to Campbell, but they could not quite pull off a win as its opponents were academy teams coached by Indian cricket greats like Sashin Tendulka and Virender Sehwag.
Campbell said the conditions were quite testing, the hottest temperature for a game being 41 degrees C in New Delhi. While temperatures were down to the low 30s in Mumbai the humidity was higher.
Wickets were very spin friendly and the Indian bowlers were able to turn the ball almost sideways but the team adapted and played better for it. Campbell scored a couple of 30s in his batting and kept wickets most games.
One of the highlights of the tour was attending the IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challenges at Bangalore. The Wankede Stadium was chock-full and Campbell said the noise was deafening. His team was treated to master classes in batting by Rohit Sharma (94) and Virat Kohli (92) Mumbai winning by 46 runs.
Another highlight was to visit the Taj Mahal which Campbell said was every bit as impressive as its fame. He also visited other famous architectural structures like the Gate of India in New Delhi.
Campbell is working for Hermansen Contracting and was keeping fit attending a boot camp for eight weeks.
Campbell also toured Sri Lanka with the Under 16 New Zealand Fireworks Cricket Team in 2016.
Campbell Ingram at the Taj Mahal.
ELF Oval pitch in Mumbai
Wankede Stadium Bangalore during IPL match Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers.