India and New Zealand have always been two strong poles in any ICC tournament. The quality of players and balanced team has always given us some thrilling matches. Both teams are set to collide in the World Cup on Sunday at HPCA Stadium.
India is coming after scoring a comfortable win over Bangladesh in their third fixture and the confidence of the team will be highest as the previous win was the third consecutive win in the tournament. The direction of New Zealand is the same as India as they have also scored four wins in the tournament. The two teams were destined to meet and will be eying to continue their winning momentum in the World Cup.
The cricketing rivalry between India and New Zealand has become a captivating spectacle in international cricket. These two nations, each known for their unique brand of cricket, have shared numerous memorable encounters on the field. India boasts a passionate fan base, while New Zealand is revered for sportsmanship. Historically, India has held the upper hand in head-to-head battles, but New Zealand's resurgence in recent years has made the contests more evenly matched.
Both teams have some of the best players in the world who can win matches and turn around the whole spectrum of the game. Here is a list of players who will be the game-changers from both sides.
1) Rohit Sharma – India
The ICC 2023 ODI World Cup has shown us a different side of Indian skipper Rohit Sharma. He is currently the highest scorer in the whole tournament with 265 runs in 4 matches at a strike rate of 66.25.
Losing his wicket for a duck in the first fixture of the tournament against Australia, Rohit made a commendable comeback and scored a century against Afghanistan. His 86 off 63 at a strike rate of 136.51 against Pakistan in the third fixture was a stunning performance and became the headlines of every news channel the next day.
Team India will be looking forward to another exceptional performance from his side against Kiwi’s bowling attack and his exceptional start can be a major trouble for the opposition.
2) Devon Conway – New Zealand
Conway's elegant stroke play and calm demeanour at the crease have earned him admiration. His skillful performances have solidified his place in the New Zealand squad, contributing significantly to the team's success.
Conway's emergence on the global stage showcases his potential to become a batting sensation for years to come. Currently, Conway is the third-highest scorer in the tournament with 249 runs at a strike rate of 83.
His 152 off 121 in the first fixture of the World Cup against England was the highlight and it is still the highest score of the whole tournament.
3) Virat Kohli – India
Following Rohit Sharma, former Indian skipper and modern batting legend from India, Virat Kohli, scored another century in the previous fixture against Bangladesh.
After the dismissal of Rohit Sharma for a duck against Australia, it was Virat Kohli who handled the pressure and played a mature innings for the team. His calm and composed demeanour on the field with the bat have made him the match-winner for team India.
Kohli also carries the most experience of playing against Kiwi’s bowling attack and his experience might win another match for team India.
4) Mitchell Santner – New Zealand
Before the beginning of the tournament, foreign teams were worried about their respective spin attack but definitely not New Zealand.
Mitchell Santner has turned out to be their trump card in the tournament as he is currently the highest wicket-taker with 11 wickets in 4 fixtures at an economy of 4.40.
Santner will be difficult to play during the middle overs and can do major damage to India’s middle order.