New Zealand is a side which has always shown promise but yet has gone into every tournament as the underdogs. New Zealand always has had the players in the team but on the big stage, they have failed to bring their A-Game.

Last world cup, they reached the finals to face the mighty Australians and were so close to winning the world cup, but yet so far! What does New Zealand have to offer in world cup 2019 then? Let’s find out!

Strengths:
1. Strongest Middle Order:
If we talk about the strongest middle order batting line-ups, only two teams come to my mind. England and New Zealand.

New Zealand’s middle order has been extremely consistent with experienced batsmen like Ross Taylor, who has been batting at a different level altogether. And with Captain Kane Williamson at No.3 and supporting players like Tom Latham in the side, the middle order of the Kiwis is as good as any teams in the world right now.

2. Great Fielding Side:
New Zealand has always put together an extremely potent fielding side!! This year is no different. The team is young and expressive and extremely good on the field. And in tournaments as big as the world cup 2019, fielding has a huge role to play in crunch situations.

As the sayings go “Catches win you matches” and “If you drop the catch, you also drop the match”, it’s extremely crucial to have a good fielding side and New Zealand exactly have that!

Weaknesses:
Like I said earlier, New Zealand always comes into a Tournament as the underdogs and it’s true. If you see the team on paper, they don’t have many holes in the team. But they only have one small issue!

1.Lack of an Explosive Finisher:
Yes, I said earlier they have one of the best middle order batting line-ups of the tournament but after No.6, their Batting looks thin. They hardly have players who can smash the ball out of the park easily at the end overs consistently.

They have options like Colin De Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham but would that be enough? How many matches will they both play together for New Zealand? We shall wait and see that!

Team’s X-FACTOR?
So team’s X-FACTOR is the one who’s performances directly impact the team’s performances and if he performs well, the team also performs well.

So if I had to pick only one player from the New Zealand side, it would surely be their Captain Kane Williamson!!

Kane Williamson’s form is extremely crucial for New Zealand in world cup 2019 and he would like to lead from the front as a captain for his side!!

Expected Playing XI:
1. Martin Guptill
2. Henry Nicolas
3. Kane Williamson
4. Ross Taylor
5. Tom Blundell ( As Tom Latham won’t be available for the first few games due to injury)
6. Jimmy Neesham
7. Colin De Grandhomme
8. Mitchell Santner
9. Lockie Ferguson
10. Trent Boult
11. Matt Henry

Bench:
12. Tim Southee
13. Tom Latham
14. Colin Munro
15. Ish Sodhi

Fixtures for World cup 2019:
01/06- vs Sri Lanka @ Cardiff
05/06- vs Bangladesh @ London
08/06- vs Afghanistan @ Taunton
13/06- vs India @ Nottingham
19/06- vs South Africa @ Birmingham
22/06- vs West Indies @ Manchester
26/06- vs Pakistan @ Birmingham
29/06- vs Australia @ London
03/07- vs England @ Chester-le-Street

Where will New Zealand finish in world cup 2019?
New Zealand is looking a formidable side and I won’t be surprised if they even qualify for the semi-finals but I don’t think they will reach the finals and lift the trophy. It would be one of the greatest wins for New Zealand cricket history If they would be able to do so.

Rohit Sharma: The Hit-Man from India, Indian Cricket Team Vice-Captain

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