New Delhi, Apr 28 : Former New Zealand head coach and present Royal Challengers Bangalore's Director of Cricket Operations Mike Hesson returned to home on Tuesday after being stucked in India for over a month due to nation-wide lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The ex-New Zealand player had arrived in India on March 5 for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League but was stuck in the country after the lockdown was imposed and all flights were suspended.
"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," Hesson tweeted on Tuesday. In his tweet, he also thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the New Zealand Embassy in India, New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. "Special thanks to Down pointing backhand index @NZinIndia @MFATNZ @narendramodi @jacindaardern #repatriationflight #india #NZ" he added.
Both, India and New Zealand had announced lockdowns in their respective countries last month, alongside travel restrictions, in order to control the spread of coronavirus, forcing the 45-year-old to stay in Bengaluru. While India remains in lockdown till May 3, New Zealand eased its stringent measures on Tuesday. Under normal circumstances, Hesson would currently be with the RCB for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, which was originally scheduled to get underway on March 29. However, the coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of the tournament until further notice. (UNI)