After being crowned as World Test Champions, New Zealand will look to win their first T20 World Cup. The Kiwis faced a horrible loss against Bangladesh in the Asian conditions, will look to counter-attack. The New Zealand cricket has announced their squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021. The management has made some interesting choices within the squad.
CAN 2021 BE A GOLDEN YEAR FOR THE KIWIS WITH TWO TROPHIES ???
TEAM PREVIEW :
New Zealand has had a decent run in recent matches against the teams they played this year. The series loss against Bangladesh in Asian Conditions has not been great. The team has lost 6 games in 16 T20i they have played this year. They have been shifted down to the No.4 spot in the ICC Rankings, can they regain the no.1 spot in T20i as well ??
NEW ZEALAND SQUAD :
MAIN HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SQUAD :
Left out Ross Taylor and Colin De Grandhomme
The New Zealand cricket board has taken a decision to look away from the two of the experienced players in the T20i. Ross Taylor has been a binding force of the batting line-up for the Kiwis in all formats. Whereas, all-rounder Colin De Grandhomme, who had been in a good form, has also been left out of the T20 squad.
ROSS TAYLOR : T20i Stats : Batting
COLIN DE GRANDHOMME : T20i Stats : Batting
COLIN DE GRANDHOMME : T20i Stats : Bowling
RECENT LOSS AGAINST BANGLADESH IN ASIA
New Zealand toured Bangladesh after a long time and was reluctant to perform in the same way they did against Bangladesh at home. They had to plat five T20is from Sep 1 to Sep 10. But Bangladesh was also ready to face the Kiwis in five T20i’s after their first series win against the hard-core Aussies. Bangladesh won the series 3-1 and now there was no chance for Kiwis to win the series but only one chance to play the match to save their pride. At the end of the series, New Zealand had two positives – firstly, their captain has come in the form and was the highest run-scorer in the series, and second being Ajaz Patel scalping 10 wickets at a very good economy and average.
SWOT ANALYSIS :
- Batting line-up
- Spin Bowling performance in Bangladesh
- In-experience Middle Order
- No Ross Taylor and Ajaz Patel
- Devon Conway
- Kane Williamson
- Ish Sodhi
- Playing spin