New Zealand has been the bogey team for India in the ICC tournaments, mainly on the last two occasions, even amid India’s dominant run. India’s defeats at the 2019 World Cup semi-final and the World Test Championship final are still fresh in the Indian fans’ hearts. Despite not starting at firm favourites, the Kiwis managed to overcome India in their last two ICC clashes.
With India grouped with New Zealand in the second group, the latter should have a slight upper hand, albeit based on history. Notably, New Zealand has won both their T20 World Cup encounters against India. While the men in blue should fancy their chances against their four more opponents, the Black Caps remain a massive threat. Kane Williamson’s men should fancy their chance once more this year.
We take a look at three reasons why New Zealand could beat India at the group stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021:
For a long time, India’s tailenders have come under criticism as they have been unable to offer the resistance needed if the top order collapses. The likes of Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, and Kuldeep Yadav are not reliable enough to survive for five or overs if needed.
In contrast, the Kiwis are advantageous in this aspect. New Zealand bat as deep as capable of playing the likes of Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, and Mitchell Santner at number seven, eight, and nine. Thus, all these players can play according to the situation and turn the tide in their team’s favour significantly.