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No.1 T20I batsman and bowler up against No. 1 T20I team

first_imgIndia will take on New Zealand in a three-match T20I series starting Wednesday with the first match in Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.After winning the ODI series 2-1, New Delhi is all set to witness the top-ranked T20I batsman and bowler fiercely battle the top-ranked T20I team.On Tuesday, Jasprit Bumrah climbed to the number one spot in the latest ICC T20 rankings.Bumrah, who attained a career-best third position in the ODI rankings on Monday, has regained the T20 top spot after Pakistan spinner Imad Wasim slipped one place.That aside, Kohli reclaimed the top ODI spot for batsman with a career-best 889 points on Monday, overtaking South Africa’s AB de Villiers. Along with that, he holds the top spot in the ICC T20 rankings with 811 points.India have so far lost all their matches against New Zealand, the fifth and last one coming at the ICC World T20 in 2016.For a team that has stormed its way to the top of world cricket with wins over Australia, England and Sri Lanka, among others, this piece of statistic certainly sticks out like a sore thumb.Despite that, with series wins over big teams like Australia, India have firmly stamped their supremacy in the limited-overs format.Having emerged winners in a keenly-contested preceding one day international series against New Zealand, India’s confidence is sky high and they would look to continue the good work in this slam-bang format.With a strong all-round and in-form team at their disposal, India will fancy their chances of improving their record against the Kiwis.advertisementThen there is Ashish Nehra, who will end his 18 years of international cricket journey, and he must be hoping for that perfect ending.Against the likes of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner, it will take some doing.(With inputs from PTI)last_img

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