It’s an astonishing fact that New Zealand is one of the rare teams who has played very less amount of cricket last year. In that too, most of the times, they have played in New Zealand only. A team is regarded superior when they not only win in their home grounds but also away.
New Zealand only toured Pakistan in Oct 2018 where they emerged out to be the better team in tests but lost T20s and leveled ODI series. They whitewashed Sri Lanka and lost to India by 4-1 in ODIs. As results aren’t the only thing that matter, they have bigger issues to resolve.
India vs New Zealand ODI series in a nutshell: New Zealand
1. Out of form batting order
With less than 6 months for the world cup, they are facing the biggest problem as their strength has turned into their weakness. Yes, we are talking about the Kiwi batting.
A. Colin Munro has completely looked out of touch. He even got dropped in an ODI. He is getting out playing silly shots. Munro could manage only 70 runs in 4 innings averaging 17.5. He needs to know the worth of his wicket; otherwise, it will be really difficult for New Zealand to cope up the early blows.
B. Kane Williamson is the biggest strength New Zealand has right now who is known for his composure and consistency. But this recent Ind vs NZ ODI series saw a quite different version of Kane Williamson. He got carried away quite a few times and threw away his wicket that badly affected New Zealand.
2. Spinners looked abortive
New Zealand has two superb spinners, Santner and Sodhi who has tasted success in past years. It won’t be fallacious to say that New Zealand has one of the best spinning units out of the sub-continent. Surprisingly, both of them just could manage a sole wicket. No matter how good Indians are against spinners, being world class spinners, you are expected to do a lot better. Remember how Moeen Ali and Nathan Lyon made them dance on their tunes?
3. The dilemma over Selection of All-rounders
New Zealand is a team blessed with all-rounders in abundance. From Chris Cairns, Nathan Astle to Craig McMillan, they have produced all-rounders who ruled the gentlemen’s game. The same story is continued now, they have the talented Jimmy Neesham is who is finding it hard to make the cut. Mitchell Santner gives the stability as he can bat too. CDG has got enough chances to be very true. It will be a rugged decision to take, but New Zealand needs to fix the hole really quickly if they wish to do well.
New Zealand is yet to win a world cup and they have really played well in the last decade. It’s a good opportunity for them to rule the castle as they have a good bunch of players who can take their team to glory. Ind vs NZ series is an eye opener for New Zealand and we hope they will take a lesson from their mistakes.