Silent Contender in World Cup: The World Cup 2019 is scheduled to be hosted by England and Wales from May 30, 2019, to July 14, 2019. It is the fifth time that the world cup is to be held in England and Wales following the years 1975, 1979, 1983, and 1999. The hosting right was awarded in April 2006, after both England and Wales withdrew from the bidding to host the 2015 world cup, which was held in Australia and New Zealand. The first match of world cup 2019 will be played in The Oval and the last match will be played at Lord’s. The 2019 world cup will be played by 10 teams.
New Zealand a Silent contender in World cup
New Zealand is the team that has a good record in limited overs games in the UK. The team has won 7 out of its past 13 games. The New Zealand team is one of the most hot-and-cold teams in world cricket, stemming from the x-factor that many players own.
The team is said to be one of the true contenders in world cup because of its players. As the swinging ball and the big hitters playing on the small ground is perfect for the team to emerge as a contender in the upcoming world cup. This is true from the performances made by the team in the Australia and New Zealand world cup.
Though the experts say that India and South Africa are both teams that are to be successful in 2019 World cup, there is no doubt that New Zealand will be in the top echelon of contenders.
New Zealand has the great opportunity to commence the tournament with three straight wins with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan at the first startup. Though the teams Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan provide with the stern tests in spin bowling the conditions in the UK for New Zealand will have a lesser impact on the spinners- they will be able to play through the ball what that team is best at.
The following are the capable players who will help the team to win the world cup 2019:
It is one of the superb team that gave a tough fight to enter the finals in the last world cup and but unfortunately it lost to Australia. And now they are geared up for the world cup 2019 after the wait of four years.
1. Kane Williamson
He is currently considered to be one of the finest batsmen. He has become the pillar of New Zealand team since his debut in 2010. He is amongst the top run-getters in almost all formats of international cricket. He is the glue that holds the teams batting line-ups together. He has scored around 5554 runs in 139 ODI’s with 11 impressive centuries. The team’s success in the world cup 2019 will depend on Kane Williamson’s performance.
2. Ross Taylor
He is also considered to be one of the best batsmen in the New Zealand team. He is the highest run-scorer in ODI’s for the team. He has scored about 8026 runs by playing 218 ODI matches. He has also scored 20 centuries in one-day internationals is also a record for the team. In world cup 2011, he was the top scorer, though he did not perform well in 2015, he will be putting his best to compensate the last edition. He will be a key member of the New Zealand team and has the chance of winning the title.
4. Martin Guptill
He is one of the mainstays in one-day international cricket over the years. He has played 169 ODI scorings 6440 runs. He is the fourth highest run-getters in the New Zealand team for ODI’s. He has scored 16 centuries and 34 fifties. He represented the team for the last two editions of the world cup and performed well. No doubt, that he will be playing a key role in the 2019 world cup.
5. Trent Boult
He is spearheading of New Zealand pace bowling attack. He has the ability to threat the batsmen around the world. He has the ability to bowl at 140+ kph and to move the ball in the air will pretense a severe challenge to the batsmen. The pitches and conditions in England will be quite suitable for his style of bowling. He was the highest wicket-taker in the 2015 world cup. He will look to repeat the same performance in the upcoming world cup.
6. Tim Southee
He along with Trent Boult will make a good pair for lethal bowling for the current era. He made his debut in 2008 ODI. He established himself as a swing bowler. He has played 139 one-day international and got about 186 wickets. He was very impressive in world cups. He performed well in the 2011 world cup with 18 wickets. His performance is well expected in this world cup also.
7. James Neesham
He is the all-rounder in the New Zealand team but he was placed in 2015 world cup. But now he has been placed in the team and that would become a crucial factor in the world cup 2019 with his smart bowling and would give the team a balance.
Overall the team New Zealand is very strong with the players like Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Trent Boult, Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, Tom Lathem, and Mitchell Santer in the ranks. Out of these players, the two players mainly Kane and Boult will have to be successful in making a strong impact and that will lead the team towards the trophy.
Conclusion: With the top players in the New Zealand team, they have the chance to win the trophy of the 2019 world cup. Since they have come to the finals in the last edition of the world cup and lost to Australia this time the team will come up with a lot of spirits to get the title. They are going to be a challenge for all the teams in this world cup. Hence they will have a good start and a threat to the other teams playing the world cup 2019. They will be the silent contender in world cup due to the reasons given and that they will perform well in the upcoming world cup.
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