He is also on the brink of breaking quite a few records for the Indian National Cricket Team.
Hardik Pandya showed why he is considered a risky player when he smashed a match winning knock of 22 balls 45 runs.
Martin Guptill will miss New Zealand and India T20I series starting on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
Young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who was not part of the ODIs, returns hungrier and has a big opportunity to stake a claim for a World Cup spot in the upcoming three T20s.
India's legendary wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back in the T20 mix after being omitted from the series against Australia in 2018 and his performance will also be keenly followed.
The 1st T20 between India and New Zealand will be played at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington in New Zealand. In Kohli's absence, he might get to bat at number three again. Part-time spinners Kedar Jadhav and Krunal Pandya might come into the picture as well.
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As far as the match is concerned, India won it by 35 runs, with Ambati Rayudu and Yuzvendra Chahal playing an important role.
They will hope to carry the same form into the shortest format, in which they are yet to have won a single game on New Zealand soil.
While chasing the 253-run target set by India, New Zealand batsmen squandered their starts but the home team remained in the contest until Jimmy Neesham (44 off 32) was dismissed in the 37th over.
Where will be the 1st T20I between India and New Zealand played? The visitors though showed exactly why they are one of the best teams in the world by winning the final ODI.
Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 Hindi and DD Sports will televise NZ v IND 1st T20I in India, and the coverage will start at 12:00 PM IST. They need to click for New Zealand to have the upper hand.
Martin Guptill was on Monday ruled out of the New Zealand side for the Twenty20 worldwide series against India after failing to recover from a back injury.