Born in December 1994, Tim Seifert was a part of the New Zealand Under-19 squad for the 2014 World Cup. However, he came into the limelight in the 2017-18 domestic season in New Zealand. He smashed the fastest ton in New Zealand’s domestic T20 cricket (off 40 balls). In addition to that, playing for the for Northern Districts, the Wanganui-born wicket-keeper-batsman scored 703 runs in the 2017–18 Plunket Shield season.
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Since Luke Ronchi’s departure, New Zealand’s wicket-keeping role in T20I cricket was uncertain. Tom Blundell and Glenn Phillips were tried but they never seized the opportunity. And that’s when Siefert came to the fore. After a successful domestic season, he was thrown into the mix in 2018 and made his debut in the tri-series involving Australia, New Zealand and England.
He has been pretty inconsistent but there has been a lot of promise. Seifert even made his ODI debut in January 2019 but hasn’t delivered.
In 2018, Seifert made his T20I debut in the Trans-Tasman tri-series. He played in the New Zealand leg of the series and made his debut against England. However, he didn’t have a great start to his career. He scored just 29 runs in three innings. He travelled to the UAE and played three T20Is against Pakistan. Seifert played another game at home against Sri Lanka in January 2019. However, he couldn’t really make a mark.
It was against India that he really came to the party. He scored 139 runs in three innings at a strike rate of 173.75. After that, he flew to Sri Lanka and failed in all three games. Against England at home, he made 97 runs in five innings at a strike rate of 132.88. Once again, he performed well against India. Siefert scored 141 runs against India in early 2020 in a five-match T20I series. He averaged 47.00 and had a strike rate of 142.42.
All in all, Siefert has had a pretty up-and-down T20I career. He has scored 457 runs at an average of 22.85 and a strike rate of 139.76.