Preview of team New Zealand team for the 2010 T20 world cup
Vettori's side aren't to be underestimated...
Squad: Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Aaron Redmond, Jacob Oram, Gareth Hopkins (wk), Daniel Vettori (capt), Rob Nicol, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Shane Bond, Ian Butler.
Team NewZealand,a side that always has been a good team in the shorter formats of the game.It is one of those teams in the world that has remained consistent for a major period of time over the years. Great thing about them is that they have not had very big names but they always play with great team effort and spirit and you always except them to put up a great fight when ever they play. They have have had a history of getting knocked out of any major tournament in the semi final match. Including losses to Pakistan in the 1992 and 1999 World Cup semi finals and in 2007 World Cup to Sri Lanka. However they have beaten Pakistan on both the occasions when the two sides met in the semi final of the ICC Champion's Trophy in 2000 and 2009 in Kenya and South Africa respectively. As far as team's performance in the ICC T20 World Cup goes the black caps made it to the last four in 2007 however lost again to Pakistan at Cape Town and were knocked out. Where as in 2009 in the UK the team was knocked out in the Super eight stage.
As far as previewing the kiwi team for the upcoming T20 world cup in Caribbean is concerned rest assured that a good fighting performance is expected from the team.
The main strength of the team can not be specified to batting or bowling. It is that combine effort that makes the team dangerous and consistent.
As far as the batting strength of the team goes no doubt they have got fire power in the top and middle order. Team depends a great deal on Brendon Mc Cullum (the highest run getter up til now in international T20) to provide them with a good start. Combining brilliance and consistency of Mc Cullum with power of Jessee Ryder at the top of the order, teams must be vary of the dangerous kiwi opening pair.
In the middle order kiwis have got likes of Ross Taylor,Martin Guptill,Aaron Redmond who have good experience of playing twenty over cricket and have on numerous occasions have made good performances for the kiwis. NewZealand side looks very fertile in terms of having all-rounders. Having likes of Oram,Styris and Vettori makes NewZealand a very balanced side.
The bowling department of kiwis will be largely depending on skipper Daniel Vettori and fast bowler Shane Bond. Both of them are highly experienced and carry the burden of kiwi bowling attack. Apart from these two, guys like Ian Butler, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee in addition to kiwi allrounders who are equally good with the bowl as they are with the bat is making Newzealand look a very sold team and this time they surely will be looking to end the semi final losing streak and win the cup.
Strengths: Excellent fielding,Team unity,Explosive batting Weakness: Collapsing in the pressure games Predictions: Semi final
Key players Brendon Mc Cullum Daniel Vettori Ross Taylor Shane Bond Scott Styirs