The 24-year-old Knights wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert carted seven boundaries and six huge hits over the fence in a knock that was reminiscent of former Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum. @ Twitter/ICC

Tim Seifert announced himself on the world stage with a stellar 43-ball 84 that proved to be the difference between the two sides in New Zealand’s record crushing 90-run win against powerhouse India in the three-match Twenty20 Internationals series opener at WestPac stadium in Wellington on Wednesday.

Promoted to open the batting as replacement for Martin Guptill, Seifert and Colin Munro blazed away to a brilliant 86-run partnership. The 24-year-old Knights wicketkeeper-batsman carted seven boundaries and six huge hits over the fence in a knock that was reminiscent of former Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum. It might not come as any surprise though that McCullim was one of Seifert’s heroes throughout his childhood. (WATCH: Seifert stars as India suffer their worst T20I defeat)

“I’d be lying if I said Baz [McCullum] wasn’t one of my heroes growing up. Obviously, you try to be yourself out there, but I looked at Baz throughout my childhood,” Seifert was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz on Wednesday.

The imperious opening partnership was brought to an end by Krunal Pandya, who dismissed Munro in the ninth over, but Seifert kept hurt the tourists with lusty blows. “I just looked at the field and it’s all in the moment. I don’t really practice it or anything. It’s the punt you take, it’s T20 cricket,” he said. (ALSO READ: We leaked runs in the middle overs: Krunal Pandya)

Seifert’s timely knock can be a good reminder that New Zealand do have a back-up batsman and ’keeper for the ICC World Cup 2019. Asked whether he stands an outside chance of making it to the showpiece event in England and Wales, Seifert said: “I’ve just got to do what I do and if that gets me over the line then brilliant. Still being young I’ve got time on my side. Don’t get me wrong I want to be at this World Cup. If I get there, fantastic, it’s a dream come true, but if not then there’s things to work on and get to that next one,” he said. (ALSO READ: A complete performance, hoping to carry momentum: Kane Williamson)

“Everyone’s got things to work on and for me it’s about improving my keeping. I’m feeling like I’m gloving the ball fairly well and as a keeper getting those one-handed catches are the ones you want to take.”