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New Zealand vs India: Sunil Gavaskar predicts the winner of the T20I series

The first T20I will be played at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on February 6.

Indian team
Indian team. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

India are set to launch their final leg of the long tour of Australia and New Zealand that started in November with a three-match T20I series against the Black Caps on Wednesday. The Men in Blue are in a smashing form as they are yet to lose a series on this tour and the fans will hope that the merry go run to continue in the T20Is as well. This will also be India’s final away series before the World Cup due in England and Wales in May-July.

India have just beaten New Zealand 4-1 in a five-game series under a combined leadership of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. It is their best win over the Kiwis in a bilateral ODI series in their den, bettering the 3-1 win they had registered a decade ago under MS Dhoni’s captaincy.

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Rohit will lead India in the three T20Is also as Kohli has been rested and former India captain Sunil Gavaskar predicted yet another win for the Indian side. A win in the shortest format will also make history since India have never beaten the Kiwis in a T20I series in their territory.

Gavaskar, speaking on Star Sports after India won the final ODI in Wellington on Sunday, predicted the T20I series to go to the visitors’ favour by a 2-1 margin. India haven’t done historically well against the Kiwis and have beaten them just twice in eight games played so far.

A win in T20Is will see Rohit bettering Kohli’s captaincy record

India are ranked second the T20Is after arch-rivals Pakistan while the Kiwis are ranked sixth. India have remained unbeaten in eight bilateral T20I series (involving a minimum of three matches). A win against the Kiwis will also see skipper Rohit surpassing regular captain Virat Kohli in terms of winning percentage in the shortest format.

Rohit has 11-1 win-loss record in T20Is while Kohli has 12-7. The three T20Is will be played in Wellington, Auckland (February 8) and Hamilton (February 10).

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