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Friday, February 4, 2011

Team New Zealand: Analysis and Odds for ICC World Cup’11

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 New Zealand (Group A)       
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Group Rivals :- Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan,  Zimbabwe, Canada and Kenya
Coach :- John Wright
Captain :- Daniel Vettori
Best Performance in WC :-  Semi-Finalist in 1975, 1979, 1992, 1999, 2007
Highest Score in WC :-  363-5 (50 Overs) v/s Canada in WC’07
Lowest Score in WC :- 112 All Out (30.1 Overs) v/s Australia in WC’03
Best Individual Score :- 171*, Glenn Turner v/s East Africa in WC’75
Best Bowling :- 6-23 Shane Bond v/s Australia in WC’03
Matches Won/Lost/Tied/NR 35-26-0-1
The Odds :- 14-1
ICC ODI Ranking :- No.7
Daniel Vettori is captain of the New Zealand Team In-fact he is face of the KIWIS. Started his career as a slow left-arm bowler but as the career progressed he transformed himself into an all-rounder. He is one of the best slow left-arm bowler in the World Cricket. Much of the KIWI success in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 will depend on his performances. Sub-continent conditions and pitches will definitely suit to his style of bowling. He will also play crucial role with the bat in this edition of World Cup because he is very effective batsmen in lower-order for New Zealand. His team’s recent performances does not justify his credentials as a captain but he is fighter and will lead his team effectively in the World Cup. He has the ability to lead from the front and capable of lifting the morale of his team with his individual performance.
Career-best performance:
Batting: 83  v/s Australia at Christchurch in 2005
Bowling: 7-5 v/s Bangladesh at Queenstown in 2007
New Zealand Team reached the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup 5 times but never became lucky enough to reach the finals and lift the trophy. Their best possible  chance of winning the elite trophy was in 1992 under the captaincy of Martin Crowe but again their progress halted in semi-finals. Currently New Zealand Cricket is in big crisis as they lost 3 ODI series in a row and one of them is against minnows Bangladesh. Bangladesh white-washed Kiwis last year and series result was 0-4 as Kiwis failed to win single ODI in that series in Bangladesh and this series loss just put Kiwis on back-foot psychologically. Followed that series Kiwis lost to India 5-0.One more white-wash series loss. Now Pakistan have also defeated them in ongoing ODI series as Pakistan is leading 6 match series 3-1. So New Zealand is completely on back-foot as far as recent performances are concerned but I believe they will leave all these bad memories in New Zealand itself and approach the World Cup in sub-continent with fresh and positive thoughts.
They have good players in their ranks and if this team click as unit then they can beat any team in the world. They don’t have many superstars in their side but they have talented player in Brendon MCCullum, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Tim Southee and captain himself. Believe me if these players will click in the World Cup then I feel New Zealand can win this World Cup as they are not at all short in talent and have good match-winners. They also have charismatic coach in John Wright and everybody knows what John Wright is capable of doing to any team.  Watch out  KIWIS in ICC Cricket World Cup2011.
Key Players for New Zealand: Daniel Vettori, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCUllum and Tim Southee

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