New Zealand is one such team in world cricket which has always been underrated. If there is a big tournament, then no cricket expert considers this team as a contender, but in the end this team has managed to make it to the last four or even the final.

This caravan of Black Caps is going on for almost 7 years. In 2015, New Zealand, playing under the leadership of Brendon McCullum, was not considering any contenders. But they beat Australia by 1 wicket in the league match. Defeated the England team in a threatening style. After this, Eliot’s six in a very tough match defeated South Africa and made it to the final. However, New Zealand lost to Australia in the final.

After this, in the next year 2016, New Zealand created a ruckus in the T20 World Cup by bowling India out for less than 80 runs on the same ground. New Zealand topped their group after beating Pakistan and Australia. However, in the semi-finals, they lost by 7 wickets at the hands of England, which they settled for yesterday.

In the 2019 ODI World Cup, New Zealand, led by Kane Williamson, defeated South Africa, West Indies, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka to reach the semi-finals. However, he had to face defeat in the league match against Pakistan and Australia.

India’s legendary batting line-up was held up by New Zealand in the semi-finals and eventually went on to win by 18 runs. But no one had imagined what was written in his fate in the final. After the tie match with England, the Super Over was also tied and the ODI World Cup was handed over to England on the basis of the bond count.

WTC Final

However, this wound found on England’s soil was filled by New Zealand after 2 years when the Test Championship final was played between India and New Zealand. The Test, which looked to be a draw, was turned by New Zealand’s bowlers and batsmen and defeated India by 8 wickets to win the first ICC World Test Championship.

Not only Tests, now New Zealand has reached the final of T20 World Cup by defeating England by 5 wickets. Whereas it is said that the strike rate of the batsmen of New Zealand is less than the batsmen of other countries. But New Zealand overcomes its shortcomings during the match itself.

It is said that batsmen win matches for a team and bowlers win tournaments. The same can be said for New Zealand. New Zealand hide their batting flaws with their bowling and reach at least the last 4 or the final. (webdunia desk)

Akash Gokhe

By Akash Gokhe

Akash is the Founder and Writer of the Sports Platform website. He conceived the idea of starting a Sports Platform website to channelize his love, passion, and emotions for the game of cricket and to connect other like-minded people on the platform.

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