New Zealand was especially the last two occasions the captivating team for India in the ICC tournaments, even in the midst of India’s dominant run. India’s defeats during the 2019 World Cup semi-final and the final of the World Test Championship are still fresh in the hearts of Indian fans. Despite not being at firm favorites, the Kiwis have managed to overcome India in their last two ICC clashes.
While India along with New Zealand are in the second group, the latter should have a slight advantage, even if it is based on history. New Zealand have both won their T20 World Cups against India. While the Blue men want their chances against their four opponents, the Black Caps remain a huge threat. Kane Williamson’s men should get their chance again this year.
We look at three reasons why New Zealand were able to beat India in the group stage of the ICC T20 2021 World Cup:
India’s dressmakers have long been criticized for not being able to resist if the top order collapses. The people like Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav are not reliable enough to survive for five or more than necessary.
In contrast, the Kiwis are advantageous in this aspect. New Zealand bat as deep as able to play like Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner at number seven, eight and nine. All of these players can therefore play according to the situation and turn the tide in their team’s favor significantly.