Indian wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik said that India’s upcoming match against New Zealand is like a quarter-final match in the T20 World Cup.
Both India and New Zealand lost their respective opening matches against Pakistan in Group 1.
I’m really excited to see how India is going to shape up against New Zealand: Dinesh Karthik
Both teams will face each other on Sunday to contend for a semi-final berth as Pakistan have won all three matches and are very close to secure a spot in the knockout stages.
Karthik said that India will have to beat New Zealand to keep their chances of qualifying through the semis.
“This is a quarter-final for India. They know it. If they get through tomorrow’s game, they know that they have a pretty easy, well it’s not easy because there’s Afghanistan there but you would like to think there is a good chance to move forward in this tournament with a win. I’m really excited to see how India is going to shape up against New Zealand,” Karthik told Cricbuzz.
India need to go for it a bit more with the bat: Michael Vaughan
Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels India must show intent with the bat and start taking enough risk in the middle overs to get a better score.
“I think India need to go for it a bit more with the bat. If they want to win this World Cup, they will want to go for it. They are a little bit too safe. They have wonderful talent and wonderful batters that can play an aggressive game pretty much from ball one and all the way down to the 20th over,” Vaughan said.
“They’ve got so much skill and power. Great combinations as well. I would like to see them play with a bit more risk. Particularly after the 6th over. From 6-12 overs, I still think you have to go for boundaries. The old days of knocking it around and hanging in there won’t win you games against England and Pakistan,” he added.
India play against New Zealand on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.