New Zealand is currently leading the charts in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 points table and now they will be locking horns with one of the favorites India in their next World Cup outing. Men in blue and the Blackcaps are the only two teams, who are yet to face a loss in the tournament so far. However, former New Zealand skipper, Daniel Vettori reckons that the game against India “is simply massive”, but the result won’t define New Zealand’s World Cup.
The Kiwis have registered a win against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan in the tournament so far and now in contention to qualify in the semi-finals. In his column for ICC, Vettori wrote, “Three wins from three is a major confidence boost for New Zealand but the next game against India is simply massive. You know that matches against India are going to have a great atmosphere and be a real pressure situation.”
He further elaborated, “India is perhaps the best team in the world and it’s exciting to play in front of a big-match crowd that is so into the game and so passionate about cricket.”
Kohli and his men recently defeated the defending champions Australia by 36 runs in front of thousands of India fans at the Oval on Sunday to make it two victories in the first two game. Vettori said the New Zealand players would have to deal with blatant backing for the men in blue at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
Vettori further elaborated, “Lots of the guys will have experienced that in the sub-continent but to have that in England is going to be something that’s new to them and something they need to get used to as the tournament goes on, particularly if they want to reach those semi-finals. Because they’ve performed so well for a long time, New Zealand won’t be defined by the result or performance in this game, win or lose.”
Pacemen Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, and Trent Boult will be playing a crucial role in Blackcaps’ wins against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. But all-rounder Jimmy Neesham took his hand-up against minnows Afghanistan, claiming five wickets.