India vs New Zealand ODI World Cup Manchester 2019, the former Indian captain Dhoni’s last International match and loss against NZ were the 2 biggest heartbreaks for Indian fans. Fast forward four years, and the script remains similar as India faces New Zealand in yet another high-stakes encounter, this time in the semi-final of the 2023 ODI World Cup at Wankhede, Mumbai. Not only that, the Test Championship and T20 World Cup have seen India succumb to the New Zealand challenge, raising questions about the team’s ability to handle the pressure of crucial World Cup events.
India Vs New Zealand Team’s Current Form
India appears to have found a formidable balance in this world cup. The players have showcased resilience under pressure. New Zealand, on the other hand, lineup with four batters in the top seven capable of bowling, adding depth to their squad. With two premier bowlers proving more than handy with the bat, the upcoming Wankhede clash promises to be a test of India’s quality against New Zealand’s depth.
Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli Vs New Zealand
India hasn’t won an ICC trophy for more than a decade since their top order, mainly Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, pillars of the Indian batting lineup, had a threat and getting out against the new ball, particularly left-arm bowlers and inswingers.
Trent Boult & Southee had positive matchups in the first ten overs against Rohit, and Kohli. Under the extra pressure of a knockout game and the past performance may have a big impact.
Mitchell Santner Threat
Mitchell Santner emerges as a potential threat for India, with New Zealand’s success in recent ICC events attributed to their new ball bowlers denting India’s top order and Santner capitalizing on right-handers in the middle order. However, there is a glimmer of hope for India, as key batsmen, including Shubman Gill, and Shreyas Iyer, have positive records against Santner. The Wankhede has been the worst of the ten venues in this World Cup for spinners in all parameters – 11 wickets at 70.09 and an ER touching six.
India Vs New Zealand Knockout Jinx End Game
As India takes the field on November 15, 2023, the question looms large: Will India break free from the shackles of their knockout jinx against New Zealand, or will history repeat itself? The stage is set for a gripping encounter that could redefine India’s narrative in World Cup knockouts.