India vs New Zealand: Cricket fans worldwide are bracing themselves for a thrilling encounter as two cricketing giants, India and New Zealand, prepare to lock horns at the picturesque Dharamsala stadium this Sunday. Both teams have enjoyed an impeccable run in the ICC World Cup, with four consecutive wins each. The high stakes of this match will be amplified as it marks the end of one team’s unbeaten streak.
India’s relentless journey in the tournament so far can be credited to their formidable bowling attack and the exceptional form of batting stalwarts, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. The consistent and outstanding performances by Shubman Gill and KL Rahul further bolster India’s chances of securing victory in this all-important clash.
Although India typically enters this contest as the favorites, their recent ODI World Cup record against New Zealand levels the playing field. In the last five encounters between these two cricketing powerhouses, India has only managed one victory. The last World Cup victory India achieved against New Zealand dates back to the 2003 World Cup, a full two decades ago.
Overall Head-to-Head in ODI World Cups
Matches Played – 9
India Victories – 3
New Zealand Victories – 5
No Results – 1
India faces a formidable challenge with the absence of all-rounder Hardik Pandya, leaving a substantial void in their lineup. This could necessitate two significant changes to compensate for Pandya’s absence. In his stead, India might consider making the tough decision to omit Shardul Thakur and introduce Suryakumar Yadav and Mohd Shami to the squad. While Ravichandran Ashwin remains a viable option, the primary choice is expected to be the former.
On the New Zealand side, the absence of captain Kane Williamson continues to pose a significant challenge. Tom Latham will continue to lead the Kiwi side in Williamson’s stead.
Probable Playing XIs
India: Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
New Zealand: Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c/wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Suryakumar Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Hardik Pandya (unavailable)
New Zealand: Tom Latham (c/wk), Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Will Young, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, James Neesham, Tim Southee, Kane Williamson (unavailable)
The cricketing world eagerly anticipates this clash of titans, where history, form, and the sheer unpredictability of the sport will come together to offer an unforgettable spectacle. Fans across the globe will be tuning in to witness this high-stakes encounter as India and New Zealand vie for supremacy in the ICC World Cup.
When will the India vs New Zealand World Cup 2023 begin?
IND vs NZ match will start at 2 pm IST on Sunday – Oct 22.
Where to watch IND vs NZ World Cup match?
Viewers in India can watch the India vs New Zealand ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 live telecast on the Star Sports Network.
Where to watch free live streaming of the India vs New Zealand Cricket World Cup 2023?
Fans can watch the free live stream of the India vs New Zealand ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website.