IND vs NZ: Going into the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Team India were labelled as the certain favorites. Such had been their dominance in the shortest format of the game, having won T20I series in each of the four SENA countries in the past four years. However, the Men in Blue massively underperformed at the marquee event, making an unusual group stage exit after losses to Pakistan and New Zealand
Now, Team India start a new era under recently appointed head coach, Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli’s successor as T20I captain, Rohit Sharma. Their first assignment is against a familiar opponent in the form of New Zealand. Kane Williamson’s men landed the hammer blow on India once again at the T20 World Cup in UAE, as they thrashed the tournament favorites in only their second game of the tournament.
The likes of Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya and other few big guns have been rested for the three match T20I series against New Zealand. Several youngsters have been included in the squad, as Team India would hope to start their preparations for the next T20 World Cup in style.
The two sides have faced each other on 17 occasions in T20I cricket, with the head to head being pegged at 8-8, with one match ending in a no result. There is no shortage of drama when these two sides lock horns against each other, and we expect nothing but the same in the upcoming series. The likes of Colin Munro, Rohit Sharma and Ish Sodhi are few players who have always delivered in this fixture.
Explosive Kiwi opening batsman, Colin Munro is the highest run-getter in T20Is between India and New Zealand. The left-hander has smashed 426 runs, with Ross Taylor coming in second with 349 runs. Munro scored 178 runs in the 5-match T20I series between the two sides in 2020 at an average of 35.60. As for India, Rohit Sharma is the third highest run-getter, with 338 runs in 13 games.
Virat Kohli has played just about half of the T20I matches between the two sides, scoring 302 runs in 9 games. The stylish right-handed batsman is also ranked as the fifth highest run-getter in IND vs NZ T20Is. Kiwi captain, Kane Williamson also has a decent record against India, scoring 325 runs.
Ish Sodhi is only one of the few bowlers who has consistently managed to outwit the star-studded Indian batting lineup. The leg-spinner has 17 wickets against India in T20Is, making him the highest wicket-taker. He delivered a match winning performance against India in the T20 World Cup 2021, where he had figures of two for 17 runs in his four-over spell.
Mitchell Santner is another bowler who has troubled the Indian batters, and has picked up 12 wickets. Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah and Tim Southee are third on the list with 10 wickets to their name in this fixture. Bumrah picked up 6 wickets in the 5 match T20I series against the Kiwis in early 2020.