New Zealand just after playing T20 World Cup final in Dubai a few days back, will be playing 1st T20I match against India in Jaipur. India after not so great campaign in T20 WC will be playing with a new rejuvenated side under Rohit Sharma's captaincy with Rahul Dravid as head coach.
Last time when these two sides played against each other in a T20I bilateral series, India ended up winning by a margin of 5-0 on New Zealand soil. Also last time when New Zealand came to India for a T20I series, India ended up defeating New Zealand by 2-1 margin.
It would be interesting to see how the series pans out for India after suffering a 8-wicket loss to New Zealand in the T20 WC 2021 as that loss ensured India getting eliminated from group stage of 2021 T20 WC itself.
Numbers and stats before start of India vs New Zealand 1st T20I:
9 - India have used 9 debutants in T20Is during the year 2021. If Any of Venkatesh Iyer, Avesh Khan (or), Harshal Patel plays - then India has the chance of breaking most debutants record used in T20Is in a calendar year.
Most debutants used by India in T20Is (in a calendar year):
2016 - 10 debutants
2021 - 9 debutants
2007 - 8 debutants
Note:- India played their debut T20I match in 2006, so 11 new players made their debut in that T20I game.
10 - Tim Southee has dismissed Rohit Sharma 10 times in international cricket and he has dismissed Rohit thrice in T20Is.
Batsman to be dismissed most number of times by Tim Southee in international cricket:
Rohit Sharma - 10 times
Virat Kohli - 10 times
Dimuth Karunaratne - 10 times
Batsman to be dismissed most number of times by Tim Southee in T20Is:
Rohit Sharma - 3 times
Glenn Maxwell - 3 times
Faheem Ashraf - 3 times
10 - If New Zealand defeats India in the 1st T20I then they will become the first team to win 10 T20I matches against India.
4 - Rohit Sharma has smashed four-fifty plus score against New Zealand in T20Is which is joint-most for any player.
19 - Ish Sodhi has taken most wickets (19) against India in T20Is overall.
Most wickets against India in T20Is:
Ish Sodhi - 19
Dushmantha Chameera - 14
Mitchell Santner - 12
450 - Rohit Sharma needs 3 more sixes to become third player to smash 450 sixes in international cricket after Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle.