The BCCI has revealed the roster for the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand. It has not been a day after Team India’s elimination from one of the most prestigious T20 World Cup 2021. Although we have yet to make a full recovery from Team India’s underperformance, we are looking forward to the next chapter of the team’s advancement.
The selection committee has picked a 16-player team, captained by Rohit Sharma, to face New Zealand in three T20 internationals beginning early next month at home. Half-fit Hardik Pandya was left out, but IPL 2021 star Ventakesh Iyer was given his first national call-up. Virat Kohli has been rested after relinquishing his T20 leadership.
Yuzvendra Chahal, a senior leg-spinner, and Mohammed Siraj, a pacer, have been recalled to India’s T20 team. The choices of team members have left fans of the game wondering who the star performers of this series would be and that’s why thinking about the dream 11 team prediction would be a great skill out of it. While we don’t claim to predict the future, here are the top 3 leading run-getters of India vs New Zealand T20Is!
1. Colin Munro
With 426 runs, Colin Munro is the top run-scorer in India versus New Zealand games. Representing New Zealand on an international level, Munro is a left-handed cricketer playing mostly in limited overs.
Munro made the record of second-fastest player in T20I half-century history, with the exception of just 14 balls, that includes seven sixes, in a match played against Sri Lanka in 2016, trailing right behind Yuvraj Singh’s 12-ball fifty. He also achieved another milestone for beating Martin Guptill’s record of 50 from 19 balls in the same match by making the record of quickest fifty by a New Zealander.
Munro after hitting a century against Bangladesh in 2017, achieved the honour of being the third player from his country to hit a successful century in Twenty20 Internationals. Also, the fourth batsman to hit two T20I hundreds, and the first batsman to do so in a year, Munro hit his second century against India. Another century against the West Indies in 2018 honoured him to be the first player in T20I cricket history to score three hundreds.
2. Rohit Sharma
When it gets down to the finest T20 players of the new century, Rohit Sharma is undoubtedly at the number one spot. With 338 runs in 13 games against the Blackcaps, he has a great T20 record.
His international cricket record is remarkable. He has appeared in 108 T20 internationals and scored 2773 runs at an average of 32.6 in those tournaments. In Twenty20 Internationals, Rohit holds the record for the greatest individual score by an Indian.
He scored his hundred in 35 balls, joining David Miller and Sudesh Wickramasekara in the quickest in the T20I club. After Kohli, Rohit is India’s second-highest run-scorer in T20 cricket. He has a total of 9,564 runs from 360 matches, averaging 31.88 runs per match.
He has six tonnes and 66 half-centuries to his name, and the 34-year-old has by far the most sixes of any Indian player in the format.
3. Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson closely trails behind Sharma as the leading run-getter of the T20Is with a whooping score of 325 runs. The right-hander batsman and occasional off-spin bowler have always been a valuable asset of the Kiwis.
His stellar career is inclusive of many T20 records and the player’s leadership and patience shone through in India vs New Zealand T20Is where he scored the high run of 325, making them the third-highest run-getter of India-NZ T20 internationals.
India and New Zealand are two of the most powerful cricketing nations on the planet today. In 1955, the two national teams got to play their first Test match against one other. The game finished in a draw. The cricket teams of India and New Zealand have encountered each other several times throughout the years.
With the squad announcement coming so soon after Team India’s disappointing performance in the T20 World Cup, there was a lot of buzz about bringing in fresh faces. The team would surely aim to rejuvenate the sentiments attached with the blue by hitting high scores, sans Kohli this time, with the gleam of upcoming T20 World Cup Australia alive in their eyes.