Friday, February 11, 2011

The Contenders - New Zealand

The Black cap/ Kiwis have never been rated as the world champions but they have proved to be the dark horse of the cricketing world, time and again. Who can forget their thumping win over India in the 2000 ICC Champions Trophy. The Kiwis may be underrated but can never be taken as a soft target. I always felt that Kiwis have been missing a superstar from their team. Whenever, the black caps won, it was always a team effort. But now, it has changed. Ross Taylor is their biggest superstar in the current line up and capable of winning games single handedly.


Captain Ross Taylor

I think the Kiwis should be most relaxed about their batting other then their inconstancy. They have Ross Taylor, Jesse Ryder and Brandon McCullum, the most explosive batters of the world, who can tear any bowling line up in to pieces. Then, Jamie How and Kane Williamson, the new recruits, would play a crucial role in the Kiwis world cup campaign as they are the one who would be required to solidate and build innings. Martin Guptill will also be an important player in their line up as his experience and power, could at any point of time in match, can change gears of black caps innings.
Scott Styris and Jacob Oram both provide strength to Kiwi’s batting and bowling. Both are immensely talented and experienced who have seen the up’s and down’s of the many innings and have pulled their side. Something similar would be expected from both of them this time too.


James Franklin

NZ side is full of bowlers who can stand up and deliver in the batting department. Kyle Mills and James Franklin both are more than handy with batting. However, bowling will be a concern for the Kiwis. Kyle Mills will be the pick of the bowlers in the fast bowling department because he bowls really good slower bowls which would be very helpful on Sub continental flat pitches. James Franklin is the new allrounder they have now. His performance with bat in India and then, at home against Pakistan was better than many of the batsman in the Kiwi side.
Tim Southee is another bowler I like in their line up. He may not have the experience but he puts a lot of effort and hard work in his bowling and that’s what count many a times. Then, the Kiwi side is blessed with Daniel Vettori, possibly one of the best spinners playing this world cup. He has done well in the sub continent and his kind of experience can raise the Kiwi team to a different level. Nathan McCullum, the off spinner of the side and another all rounder, who could bring that extra spinner option and as Jeetan patel not being picked, Nathan McCullum would be important for the team composition.
Hamish Bennett also made the cut and also the last minute call went to Luke Woodcock too.


Brendon McCullam

The kiwi’s have always been a good fielding side. Nathan McCullum, Taylor, Guptill and Kane Williamson are the better ones in the side and will be responsible for motivating others too.

Kiwi’s haven’t been in the best of forms recently. They lost all of their ODI’s in Bangladeshs to the Bangla Tigers and then another win less tour of India. But they managed to perform well against Pakistan in their home series. But, the records will be written from scratch at this world cup.
My three picks from this Kiwi side are Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum and James Franklin.

Daniel Vettori,
Hamish Bennett,
James Franklin,
Martin Guptill,
Jamie How,
Brendon McCullum,
Nathan McCullum,
Kyle Mills,
Jacob Oram,
Jesse Ryder,
Tim Southee,
Scott Styris,
Ross Taylor,
Kane Williamson,
Luke Woodcock

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