This was what we call a really tight series. The series decider also went all the way to the wire as the New Zealanders managed to beat India in the T20I series by 2-1. Although India were without their captain and talisman Kohli, this was still a great win for the Kiwis. So here are the top three things that we learned from New Zealand’s T20 series win over India:
1) Superb Siefert
Before the series, not many people had heard of the Kiwi opener Tim Siefert. But during this series, he played exceptionally well and was really consistent. His smashing innings’ at the top of the order helped the Kiwis in getting off to a great start consistently. Has Siefert played himself into contention for the ODI World Cup later this year? We will have to wait and watch! Nevertheless, he had a great series and should be happy with his performance.
2) Sensational Southee
Tim Southee bowled pretty well in the series. In the decider, he was given the responsibility to close out the match for New Zealand in the final over. He managed to deliver for his team once again as they managed to win the match and the series. Tim Southee has become one of the most important players for New Zealand in recent years and his rise is set to continue.
3) Rusty Rohit
Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma looked very rusty throughout the series. He made a couple of decent scores but did not dominate the bowling like he does. In the final T20I, when India desperately wanted him to play a big innings, he managed to consume a lot of balls and got out in the 30s. He will have to do much better in the upcoming World Cup for India to stand any chance of winning the tournament.
To sum up, New Zealand managed to win an exciting series 2-1. The final T20I was so tough to call till the last over and the Kiwis managed to sneak a win. This will act as a major boost for them ahead of the T20 World Cup next year!