India vs New Zealand 2021: Best Combined XI of the T20I series

India vs New Zealand 2021: Best Combined XI of the T20I series

The seasoned campaigners were excellent in this series.

Indian cricket team
Indian cricket team. (Photo by Pankaj Nangia/Getty Images)

With respect to the upcoming T20 World Cup in 2022, the recently concluded series between India and New Zealand was a perfect platform for both sides to test their players. Irrespective of its current relevance, both teams seemed keen to give chances to their youngsters in order to see whether they can deliver at the biggest stage.

The Men in Blue dominated the Kiwis and thus, won the series 3-0. Despite the loss, the Blackcaps did have a few positives as well. One of them being the return to form of some of their players. The home team, on the other hand, would undoutedly be the happier side.

After a disastrous campaign in the recently-concluded ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Team India seem to have got their mojo back. However, which are those players who were at their best this time around? Which of them would make it to the best XI of this series? With the three-match affair coming to an end, we shall take a look at the best XI of the T20I series.

1)Rohit Sharma (C)

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo by Pankaj Nangia/Getty Images)

India’s newly appointed T20I skipper, Rohit Sharma was sensational in these three T20Is. It is safe to say that he was scoring runs for fun. There is a reason why he was awarded with the Player of the Series award.

The opener scored the most number of runs in this series, 159 runs in the 3 games. The 34-year-old had a batting average and strike rate of 53.00 and 154.36 respectively. While he made full utiliation of the powerplay overs, his ability post significant scores consistently gave great headache to Kiwi bowlers.

Notably, Rohit slammed two fifties in this series. Despite having a set plan against the aggressive opener, the Kiwis still struggled to get the better of him. Last but not the least, Rohit Sharma’s captaincy was superb as well. Hence, he will lead this elite team.