ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019
New Zealand will hope their pacers can continue their good form against India © Getty
Nottingham and New Zealand go a fair way back in cricket. Richard Hadlee is a man who is widely recognised as one of the few people who rejuvenated cricket here in the eighties. He’s placed alongside Gary Sobers, in ways of recognition, at Trent Bridge. After that in the mid 2000s, Stephen Fleming led them to a County Championsship win here and that torch is carried down by Ross Taylor who was signed up by the county last year. Taylor’s knowledge about the ground ought to come handy when New Zealand face their first ‘big’ game of World Cup 2019.
They’ve had three wins out of three so far (against Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh) but if recent history is any indicator, this has gone according to the book so far for New Zealand. Since 2015, they enjoy a win percentage of 81.58 against anyone that’s not India, South Africa, England or Australia. Two of the aformentioned teams are next in line for New Zealand, and it is here that they lose far more than they win (36.59 %).
Taylor reckons that the spinners might not like a few boundaries that are shorter and adds, “Traditionally, it can favor the batters at times, but I’m sure that bowlers will be — going to have a little bit there. It’s been out in the kettles for two or three days and hasn’t seen the sun.”
It is about this that India will be a little wary about, particularly against New Zealand. This isn’t a rivalry that has history unlike the fixtures its sandwiched between. India have had a fair bit of success in recent times, winning a series earlier this year. But in Trent Boult, New Zealand have the best exploiter of Inda’s left-arm pace worries. His 22 wickets in the last four years is more than that taken by any of his ilk against India. The warm-up game served another reminder of that. And with a big change at the top of the order for India, after the loss of Dhawan, Boult would be India’s biggest threat.
New Zealand are the only other unbeaten team in the tournament and it could remain so, if the weather stays the way it has been over the last couple of days in Nottingham. But if it does make way for cricket to happen, there’s plenty to look forward to.
When: June 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM Local Time
Where: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
What to expect: Rain, quite a bit of it. Annonyingly enough, it has not been heavy over the last couple of days, but probably just enough to stop the game from happening.
Shikhar Dhawan’s injury means that KL Rahul will move up to the top. And the No. 4 question which was rested for a while, crops back up. Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik, both had enough batting practice a day ahead of the game and one of them should be a straightforward fit.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Vijay Shankar/Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
With three wins in a row, and an unchanged team so far, Williamson and Co. will have little to worry about, and not enough reason to tinker with although Tim Southee could be back in the reckoning. If match-ups were New Zealand’s way to go, Southee getting Rohit Sharma five times in ODIs could be point to ponder over.
Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jamesh Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
– Between New Zealand’s big three – Guptill, Williamson and Taylor – there has been only one century scored against India in neutral venues
– Rohit Sharma’s opening stands with Dhawan stands at 45.89 as opposed to 34.55 with others
What they said
As we see, it’s traditionally a short boundary here. If that is the case, then hopefully we can exploit it with the right, left handers, as I’m sure India and other teams that are playing here will try and do – Ross Taylor on gameplans at Trent Bridge
Every opening batsman would like to have that sort of strategy, where if the conditions are challenging, you always want to give the bowlers the respect at times. But if it is nice and sunny and you’re choosing a target, then the strategy could be a little different. The approach of the batsman could be a little different – Sanjay Bangar, India’s batting coach, on the trend of openers becoming circumspect