Even in the middle of India’s dominating streak, New Zealand has been the most compelling team for India in the ICC championships the previous two years. India’s failures in the 2019 World Cup semi-final and the World Test Championship final are still vivid in Indian supporters’ minds. Despite not being strong favourites, the Kiwis have won their past two ICC matches against India.
India’s tailenders have long been admonished for failing to provide the necessary resistance if the top order falls apart. For example, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, and Kuldeep Yadav cannot survive for five or more overs if required. The Kiwis, on the other hand, have an edge in this regard.
Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand, is one of the wisest captains in the world today. Since taking over from Brendon McCullum in 2016, the 30-year-old has continued to lead New Zealand to greater heights. Williamson is usually calm on the outside, despite his forceful decisions. Kane Williamson excels in tactical judgments a little more.
While Virat Kohli’s leadership qualities are undeniable, the 32-year-tactical old’s and selection mistakes have lost India’s vital games on several occasions. New Zealand, on the other hand, has a greater chance of defeating India. Aside from that, the Kiwi captain is a superb field strategist.
The Kiwis appear to be playing with the greatest calm and level-headedness required to decipher India’s strategy in global tournaments. As a result, their recent performance at ICC competitions bodes ill for India.
While India is in the second group and New Zealand, the latter should have a little edge, even based on history. Both New Zealand and India have won the T20 World Cup. Let’s wait if India surprises these times or disappoints.