India will hope to wash away their T20 World Cup 2022 sorrows and hope for a fresh start when they lock horns with New Zealand in Wellington. The upcoming three-match bilateral T20I series begins in Wellington from November 18.
With a new captain, the Men in Blue will be aiming to make a strong comeback and start their journey in T20 for the next World Cup in 2024 in West Indies and USA.
So, as the much-awaited series begins in just a day’s time, let’s take a look at the statistical preview of the contest in Wellington.
1. Suryakumar Yadav needs 287 runs to become the highest-ever run scorer in T20Is in a calendar year
Suryakumar Yadav needs to score 287 runs to surpass Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan for the most T20 International runs in a calendar year.
The Pakistan wicketkeeper scored 1,326 runs in the format last year while Skye has scored 1,040 runs in 29 T20Is so far in 2022. This tally includes nine fifties and one century.
Skye boasts of an impressive average of 43.33 while maintaining a staggering strike rate of 185.71.
2. Bhuvneshwar Kumar needs 4 wickets to become the highest wicket-taker in T20s in a calendar year
Talismanic fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar is just four wickets away from becoming the bowler with the most T20I wickets in a calendar year. While Bhuvi has bagged 36 wickets in 30 T20Is so far in 2022, Ireland’s Joshua Little tops the list with 39 scalps this year.
The Indian pacer has bowled at an impressive economy rate of 7 this year which included a single five-for as well as a couple of four-wicket hauls.
3. Bhuvneshwar Kumar needs 11 wickets to become the first Indian to complete 100 T20I wickets
Bhuvneshwar is on the verge of setting a major world record in the upcoming T20I series against the Black Caps.
In order to become the first Indian bowler with 100 wickets in T20Is, the 32-year-old needs 11 more scalps.
4. Rishabh Pant needs 30 runs in IND vs NZ series to reach 1000 T20I runs
Rishabh Pant had a low-key T20 World Cup 2022 campaign where he failed to deliver the goods in limited opportunities. The wicketkeeper-batsman made a strong start to 2022 as he became the first Indian to score 1000 runs during the tour of West Indies in 2022.
The 25-year-old thus shy of breaching the 1000-run mark in the shortest format would be hoping for a strong end to the year with a 30-run haul.
5. Kuldeep Yadav needs 6 scalps to complete 50 T20I wickets
Kuldeep Yadav will be eager to prove his place when he returns to the pitch against the Kiwis in Wellington. He had a good IPL but later got injured again and has been running hot and cold in his career since 2019.
The left-arm chinaman bowler needs one or two big series to cement his place in the team and needs six more wickets to complete 50 T20I wickets.
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