In the third T20I, which would decide the series, Team India defeated New Zealand by an astounding 168 runs, setting a new mark for their largest-ever margin of victory in the format. In addition to surpassing Virat Kohli to register the highest individual score by an Indian in T20Is, Shubman Gill was the night’s standout batsman, finishing unbeaten on 126 to help India reach a huge 234/4 in 20 overs. The Kiwis’ response saw them knocked out for only 66.

Hardik Pandya, the captain of India, was the standout bowler, with amazing bowling stats of 4/16 in four overs while also making a significant 30 from 17 balls. For his timely contributions with both the bat and the ball over the three T20Is, Pandya was also awarded Player of the Series.

Pandya’s propensity to rotate the strike and avoid being blatantly explosive is one of the major improvements in his batting, particularly since his comeback to international cricket following his injury last year. Pandya is a natural ball striker, but the all-rounder acknowledged that he needed to make some little adjustments to his approach.

“It’s always been fun for me to hit sixes. But that’s just life; I have to change. I’ve always believed in the power of partnerships, so I want to reassure and reassure my team by being there, as well as my batting partner. I’ve played more games than any of these players, and I’ve mastered the art of handling pressure while maintaining composure “Pandya said at the press conference after the game.

“Perhaps I need to lower my strike rate for it. I constantly look forward to taking on new jobs. I also want to play the new ball role because I don’t want someone else to take that challenging part. We are chasing the game if they are under pressure. I want to take the lead. I’ve started practicing my new ball techniques.”

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s former captain, Pandya, also said that he is stepping into the position that Dhoni had during his last few years with Team India. Dhoni tended to rotate the strike more often and allow his batting partner to express himself with more forceful strokes.

“I don’t mind taking on the position that Mahi once filled in the past. I was a kid back then, hitting everything in the park. But now that he’s gone, all of a sudden, that duty falls to me. That is OK with me. Results are being obtained. If I have to play a bit slowly, it’s acceptable “said the captain of India.