NZ vs IND: The reason why one seat at Eden Park is green while all others are grey

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India is currently competing with New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland. It is the same venue where the first game of the five-match T20I between the sides was played on Friday. The Men in Blue won that high-scoring encounter by 6 wickets.


All the seats in the stands at the famous Eden Park are painted grey, but one particular seat is painted green. The cameraman showed the seat on Sunday too after India restricted the hosts at a score of 132-5 in the second T20I.

Well, the reason behind it being painted green is the famous six which former New Zealand batsman Grant Elliott had hit in the 2015 World Cup semifinal.


All eyes were then on Elliott as he faced South African pacer Dale Steyn in the final over. The Black Caps needed five runs from the last two balls while the Proteas needed to defend four runs.

With the heartbeat racing and the fans glued to the edge of their seats, South Africa-born Elliott launched Steyn for a mighty six to take New Zealand into their first World Cup final in 11 attempts over 40 years. He remained unbeaten on 84 off 73 balls, and the seat where the ball landed has now been immortalized as the ‘Grant Elliot Seat’.

There is also a plaque behind the seat that reads:


‘Here Lies the Resting Place of Grant Elliott’s Mighty Six That Propelled the Blackcaps on March 24, 2015, into their maiden World Cup Final.’

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