New Zealand will start their World T20 campaign against India on March 15, at picturesque Vidarbha Cricket Association, Nagpur with a hope that they will test the first World T20 laurel. Former captain Brendon McCullum left a formidable team which in every different look “dangerous”, and can spoilsport any team’s hope in any given day.
The Black Caps lead by one of the best batsman of modern day cricket Kane Willaimson have a settled team comprised of a power hitters, utility all-rounder and gutsy middle order and lower middle order. And the department of an outstanding fast bowler.
Batsman like Martin Guptill can play a blinder a knock. Colin Munro and Corey Anderson can blow away and kill any bowling attack’s mind with their swashbuckling batting.
New Zealand team’s approach to the fickle T20 format is easy as Martin Guptill’s job is to attack the bowlers while Williamson will pierce the gaps and play the role of an anchor. And Munro at No. 3 will try to intact his reputation as one of the fastest batsmen in T20 cricket. He has scored a 14 ball fifty against Sri Lankan in a warm-up match. So, he will love to play few balls and doubled the score while allrounder Corey Ander, who has experience of Indian pitches, will launch onslaught to finish the innings.
But, if any of them fail, Grant Elliot will come at No.5 and carry on New Zealand’s mission to score big innings.
The power hitters packed Black Caps have the ability to post big innings in every match if they manage to play spinners well. The Kiwi batsmen love smashing fast bowlers, but they have a weakness against the spinners. So most of the teams would like to attack at their soft side. The only batsman who can handle spinner well is captain Kane Willaimson. Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi also have experience of playing in India for Mumbai Indians in initial years of IPL.
However, the New Zealand brought three spinners with them considering the subcontinent pitches which traditionally assists spinners. Off-spinner Mitchell Santner and leggie Ish Sodhi can dazzle batsmen who do not have good technique.
The NZ bowling line-up is one of the bests in this tournament. They have three specialist T20 bowlers like Tim Southee, Adam Milne and Trent Boult who can concede runs but have the caliber to bounce back in the match taking a couple of wickets. They also have a good reserve bench comprised of Adam Milne and Mitchell McClenaghan.
However, captain Kane Willaimson said he will make changes according to the conditions of the pitch. So, in the first match they can go with two spinners one off and another leg-spinner, two fast bowlers one right handed and another left-handed, and an allrounder.
So here is New Zealand’s predicted XI for the first match against India: Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Colin Munro, Corey Anderson, Grant Elliott, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchel Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi