2019 World Cup: Three consecutive defeats will not affect New Zealand too much, says Daniel Vettori
NEW DELHI: former captain Daniel Vettori feels three consecutive losses to New Zealand in the current World Cup will not have much effect on Kane Williamson Men who enter the semifinals.
New Zealand, which started its tournament campaign on a brilliant note by winning five of its first six games (one of which was eliminated), seemed to fall apart as it lost its last three games and finished the group stage with 11 points. It will be courtesy of their higher net execution rate that they have almost qualified for the semifinals.
From the perspective of New Zealand, it is not ideal to have lost three in a row, even if they are still fairly confident of a place in the semifinals, Vettori wrote in his column for the ICC.
Despite the three consecutive losses, I do not think it affects the team too much, particularly knowing some of the guys well.
They have six or seven individuals who can win a game for them, and that's a very exciting way to think about it, he added.
Speaking about the last game of New Zealand that they lost to England for 119 races in Durham, Vettori said the hosts had an incredible performance for the second time in a row to seal their place in the last 16.
For the second game that is running, England has produced an incredible performance under pressure, for which we thank them, said Vettori.
The former spinner on the left arm also said that New Zealand felt the absence of fast bowler Lockie Ferguson in his match against England. New Zealand missed Lockie Ferguson in Durham, particularly because of the way it adapts to the structure of the game. Kane likes to use him as a bowler of first change in 2-3 spells. to shuffle things a bit.
If he returns for the semifinal, that will give New Zealand much more certainty about how they will meet their 50 shots, Vettori said.
It is very likely that the Black Caps will face Australia in the semi-final at Old Trafford, as the five-time world champions beat South Africa in their final group game and India lose their game against Sri Lanka.
This proposal, according to Vettori, will give the Kiwis a lot of confidence, as they have a good record against Australia in recent times.
The most fortunate thing for them is that they participate in a qualifying match at Old Trafford, which is traditionally a very good field. The way they have played in the last two years against Australia, whom they could face, should give them a lot of confidence, Vettori said.