Tim Seifert plays a shot during the first T20 match in Wellington. Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP
Tim Seifert plays a shot during the first T20 match in Wellington. Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP

New Zealand opener Tim Seifert powered his side to thrash the Indian side and register an 80-run win in the 1st T20 at Wellington. From the time he came to bat, Saifert didn’t gave a single chance to the Indian bowlers to bounce back and kept hitting the big shots. The wicketkeeper-batsman failed to hit a century but smashed a stunning 84 off 43 balls. A self-confessed Brendon McCullum fan, Seifert was awarded with ‘Man of the match’ award for his explosive batting.

Talking about his inning in the post-match ceremony, Seifert credited his ‘childhood hero’ McCullum and said he had watched and followed the former Kiwi skipper while growing-up.

“I YouTubed Brendon McCullum and watched some of his innings. Kinda funny when I got told that I’ll be opening the innings, Seifert quoted to Star Sports.

“Yeah, obviously. I’d be lying if I said Baz wasn’t one of my heroes growing up,” Seifert said at his post-match press conference.

Meanwhile, Saifert’s powerful innings has almost confirmed his spot in the Kiwi squad for the upcoming World Cup. If added in the World Cup squad, Saifert will play crucial part for the side. However, he isn’t worrying about it at this moment. Saifert said, “I just go out, do what I do, and hey, if that gets me over the line, brilliant, you know, but still being young, you know, [I’ve] still got time on my side.”

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