India skipper Rohit Sharma on Wednesday said that a line-up with eight specialist batsmen should have chased down the 220-run target set by New Zealand, however steep it might have looked for a T20 match.
After making his T20 debut previous year, Seifert really announced himself on the worldwide stage last night when he smashed 84 runs off 43 balls as the opener. Batting first, New Zealand posted a mammoth 219 runs for six wickets.
India had never lost a T20 worldwide by 50 or more runs prior to this match.
India folded for 139 in 19.2 overs collapsing to their worst-ever defeat by 80 runs in the first T20 worldwide.
Tim Southee (3-17) was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers while Lockie Ferguson (2-22) took the key wicket of Shikhar Dhawan (29), just as the India opener was beginning to fire.
Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi picked four wickets between them, both of them striking twice in an over to break India's backbone.
However, Seifert said he isn't worrying too much about the World Cup. Ms Dhoni scored 39 off 31 but his innings lacked the skills or the intent to get India off in a steep chase. Seifert was lucky to survive when Dhoni dropped a sharp chance after the batsman had edged one off Krunal. Dinesh Karthik also dropped a sitter in the deep. They may even further consolidate their winning habit as they now take on beleaguered New Zealand in T20 Internationals.
An opening partnership of 86 in 8.2 overs between Seifert and Colin Munro (34) got New Zealand off to a strong start.
"Kinda amusing when I got told that I'll be opening the innings", Seifert said.
When Latham returned for the ODIs against India, Seifert didn't find a place in the squad.
The only time India dominated the game was when Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya struck off consecutive deliveries to account for Mitchell and Williamson but an unbeaten knock of 20 off 7 balls by Kuggeleijn soared the hosts past 200, taking it beyond India before setting them their highest ever chase to win.