Mike Hesson finally flies back to New Zealand after being stranded in India amid lockdown

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Mike Hesson. (Image Source: Twitter)

Present circumstances around the world forced people to remain home with lockdown observed by several countries. To make matters worse, what could be more agonizing than being stranded on foreign lands, with no access to transport to find a way back home.


However, the Director of Cricket Operations for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mike Hesson, finally made his way back home amid lockdown.

The former head coach of New Zealand arrived in Bangalore on March 3 for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).


With the nationwide lockdown imposed by the Government of India, Hesson was asked to stay back in the capital of Karnataka. Also, airway transport had been suspended by both India and New Zealand.

“What a wonderful sight after spending over a day on a bus to get to Mumbai airport. The staff on @FlyAirNZ were simply outstanding on our return to New Zealand,” tweeted Hesson.

Also, he went on to thank Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the New Zealand embassy in India and, New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, to make arrangements for his trip back home.


“Special thanks to Down pointing backhand index @NZinIndia @MFATNZ @narendramodi @jacindaardern #repatriationflight #india #NZ,” continued Hesson.

The Kiwi had been a regular visitor for India during the IPL, being an integral part of Star Sports show ‘Dugout’. Hesson was seen on several pre-match and post-match discussions, formulating plans against top-bowlers and batsmen, alongside voicing his opinion during matches.

All sporting action has been brought to a standstill with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, the coronavirus has infected over 3 million people, along with 2.1 lakh fatalities.


The lockdown is imposed until May 3 in India, but the New Zealand government eased restrictions on Tuesday. Meanwhile, IPL 2020 has been suspended indefinitely.

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