KL Rahul creates a new world record in T20I series against Kiwis
India opener KL Rahul created a new world record in the just-concluded T20I series against New Zealand. KL Rahul scored most runs in a bilateral T20I series as he chipped in with an aggregate score of 224 in five games against New Zealand.
In the fifth and final match against the hosts in Mount Maunganui, KL Rahul got out for 45 which helped him go past the previous record of 223, a record was jointly held by Mozambique’s Damiao Couana (against Malawi in 2019-20) and New Zealand opener Colin Munro (against West Indies in 2017-18).
Rahul ended up as the leading run-scorer of the series as he chipped in with candid scores of 45, 39, 27, 57 not out and 56 at a fantastic average of 56 in this series. The second leading run-scorer in the series is Munro, who has managed to score 178 runs in 5 innings at 35.60.
Former Kiwi skipper Ross Taylor is third on the list with 166 runs at an average of 41.50.
KL Rahul was named the man of the series for being consistent throughout the five games. “Yeah, I am pleased. It is great to be standing here winning 5-0. Very happy that my performances could result in victories for India. We were happy to come into this series with confidence and to keep executing our skills every game.
We came up with answers from every situation and it is a great result for me and the side. I am batting really well now and I am happy to do the roles I am doing for my side. Not thinking too much about the T20 World Cup at the moment, but hopefully, I can continue batting this way.
I think it is a winning habit that we have cultivated wherein we want to win every time we step onto the ground. As a team, we keep believing in each other. It is unfortunate what happened with Rohit, but hopefully, he’ll be fine in a couple of days. Leading up to the World Cup, there were a few strategies that we wanted to try out. It just keeps giving us more and more confidence to keep going around.
We’ll relax a little bit over the next couple of days and enjoy the victory. But once we start with the next series, the process will remain the same. We want to win games of cricket every time we go out. The kind of cricket we are playing is fun to watch and we hope to keep repeating this,” KL Rahul said at the post-match press conference.