India won the series 2-1, a fine achievement considering that they had never won a T20I against New Zealand until now. This did not improve India’s standing at 5th position, but did ensure that Pakistan now has the top position ahead of runner-up New Zealand.
The record of all T20Is between these teams:
We see that NZ leads 6-2 among completed matches. India won for the first time in the Delhi match on Nov 1.
India has never lost a Test, ODI or T20I series to NZ at home until now (unless you count 2012 where one T20I was washed out). One Test series was drawn 1-1 in 1969-70 when NZ came close to winning the third Test.
MS Dhoni is the only one to have played in all 8 matches, while Guptill has played in 7.
Going through individual performances:
Batting-most runs (90 and above):
Kohli has some distance to catch up with McCullum, while several other current players are here.
Highest individual innings (50 and above):
Munro made the only century which came during this series. McCullum has the most 50+ scores with 3.
In this series Munro surpassed McCullum’s 91 as the best individual score for NZ. Similarly RG Sharma and Dhawan both scored 80 which is now the best individual score for India, surpassing Kohli’s 70.
Interestingly both of the earlier record scores were made in the same match, at Chennai in 2012.
Bowling-most wickets (4 and above):
Sodhi heads this list, with several current players also on this table.
Best innings bowling (2wi and above):
Santner’s 4-wicket haul during the previous T20 World Championship remains the record.
Fielding (3 or more dismissals):
As one might expect, MS Dhoni heads this table. Several non-keepers have taken 3 catches.
Best innings fielding (2 or more dismissals):
Ronchi, Latham and Dhoni have all made 3 dismissals in an innings, while some non-keepers have taken 2 catches.
All-round overall (Minimum 4 innings batted and bowled):
Only Yuvraj and Pandya qualify here, although their results are not too good.
All-round match performances (minimum 10 runs and 1 wicket):
Really scraping the bottom of the barrel here, as no one from either side has made 20 runs and 2 wickets in a match. Vettori, Santner and Munro have the best performances here along with Yuvraj for India.