The host India reached the semi-finals of the World Cup with nine consecutive wins and 100% success. Rohit Sharma’s team played with one opponent after another. Virat Kohli, Lokesh Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shamira shine with bat and ball. They are sure favorites against New Zealand today. But the reverse side of the coin says that Rohit’s team is not at ease! Not only in the semi-finals of the last (2019) World Cup; India have never actually beaten New Zealand in a knockout match at any ICC event. The country lost to the Kiwis in the final of the 2000 Champions Trophy and the final of the 2021 World Test Championship.
Only one of the nine league matches this season was tested against New Zealand. Rohit won by 4 wickets in Dharamsala. New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson is confident, ‘India will be under pressure’. Indian coach Rahul Dravid himself admitted the pressure and said, ‘It’s not a league stage, it’s a knock-out match’. The game at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai starts at 2:30 PM Bangladesh time.
Rohit’s team has played some really beautiful cricket in the league-phase. Champions England or arch-rivals Pakistan, superpowers Australia or giant-killers Afghanistan – every team has flown in front of the aggressive cricket of the hosts. India started their journey with a 6-wicket win against Australia in Chennai. Then Afghanistan (by 8 wickets), Pakistan (by 7 wickets), Bangladesh (by 7 wickets), New Zealand (by 4 wickets), England (by 100 runs), Sri Lanka (by 302 runs), South Africa (by 243 runs) and the Netherlands (by 160 runs) ) they lose. Big star Kohli has scored the highest 594 runs of the season at an average of 91 in 9 matches. Century 2 and half century 5!
Rohit is leading from the front. 55.88 at an average of 55.88 is the fourth highest score of 503 runs by an Indian skipper. 1 century and 3 half centuries. Mohammad Shami took 16 wickets in 5 matches. Another pacer Jasprit Bumrah’s victim 17. Spinner Ravindra Jadeja took 16 wickets, Kuldeep Yadav 14. Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill, Mohammad Siraj also performed well in the team’s success. He has made an important contribution. ‘It was great to see the way the boys played in the league stage. But this is a semi-final, a knock-out match. New Zealand is very strong in material events like the World Cup. They have shown that in the last two World Cups.
So we have to fight with more than hundred percent. i am confident Rohit’s leadership and batting have to be talked about separately. He tied the whole team together. Setting the tone in the opening with the bat. Said coach Rahul.
In the last World Cup (2019) at Old Trafford, India lost to New Zealand by 8 wickets in the first semi-final which ended in two days due to rain. In response to the Kiwis’ 239 for 8, Kohli’s team was bowled out for 221 with 3 balls to spare. Pacer Matt Henry was man of the match with 3 wickets. That Henry and Trent Boult are here again. Daryl Mitchell’s (130) century saw New Zealand bowled out for 273 runs in the league stage of the ongoing World Cup in Dharamsala. In response, India reached the port of victory by losing 6 wickets in 48 overs. Shami was the man of the match with 5 wickets for 54 runs.
New Zealand started the mission by avenging the loss in the final last time with a big win against England by 9 wickets. After four consecutive wins, the Kiwis’ semi-final-fate was in jeopardy after four consecutive losses. After many equations and statistics, New Zealand became the fourth team in the top four with a 5-wicket win against Sri Lanka. Regular skipper Kane Williamson, who missed most of the matches due to injury and fitness issues, made a comeback. He scored an unbeaten 78 against Bangladesh and played an innings of 95 runs against Pakistan. Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Devon Conway, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Is Sodhira are flying New Zealand in bat-ball.
Where Rachin’s words are different. Whose first identity is left-arm effective spinner. Also batting at the tail-end is not bad. He got a chance in the top order and won the World Cup with the bat. So far in 9 innings, 3 centuries and 2 half-centuries averaged 70.62, the third highest 565 runs. Darryl Mitchell’s 404 runs with 1 century and 2 half-centuries. Devon Conway 359. Spinner Mitchell Santner took 16 wickets in 9 matches.
Trent Boult’s victim is 13 wickets. Henry 11 India, who won the World Cup in 1983 and 2011, reached the semi-finals in five of the last six World Cups. Although they did not win the title, their opponents in the first semi-final, New Zealand, are now the biggest team in World Cup history. The Kiwis, who last played in the 2015 and 2019 World Cup finals led by Kane Williamson, reached the semis in 2007 and 2011. That is, it is their fifth semi-final in a row!