New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has termed the Indian challenge at the Semifinal as an “extremely good challenge” ahead of the high-voltage encounter.
New Zealand and India will face each other on 15 November in Wankhede, Mumbai for the second time in the ongoing World Cup. India managed to win by four wickets when the two teams first met each other at Dharmshala. But Kiwi captain Kane Williamson believes that they can overcome the Indian challenge if the players can perform according to their potential.
India and New Zealand met each other in the World Cup semifinal four years ago at Old Trafford and New Zealand emerged as the victorious side by 18 runs. Former New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor thinks history will repeat itself in Wankhede whereas the current form of team India indicates that India will destroy any opponent.
The Blackcaps had faced a lot of ups and downs in their journey. A series of injuries and a four-match losing streak almost kicked out New Zealand from the World Cup. However, New Zealand cemented the fourth place in the table.
Historically, New Zealand has a good record against India in the ICC events, and as New Zealand won 12 out of 19 matches against India. Hence, history will work as a moral booster for the Blackcaps.
In a pre-match press conference, Kane praised debutant Rachin Ravindra and said he was exceptional throughout the tournament. Williamson cleared that their focus is only to play good cricket. Rachin Ravindra is the best player for New Zealand in the tournament. He has scored 565 runs in nine matches at an average of 70.62 and a strike rate of 108.44.