New Delhi: After reaping the benefits of hard work in the ODI format, New Zealand cricket team will be a happy bunch ahead of the ICC World Cup starting from 14th February.
Playing at their own backyard serves as a big boost to the Kiwis, as their record at home have been impressive.
The Black Caps showed their mettle and dominance after recently beating Sri Lanka 4-2 in the seven-match ODI series at home. Currently they are involved in a two-match ODI series against Pakistan and beat the visitors comfortably in the first match in Wellington at the weekend.
New Zealand may be ranked sixth in the latest ICC ODI rankings, but is a force to be reckoned with for all the top teams. New Zealand have tasted success in the ODI format off late and have won their previous two ODI series.
Star batsman Kane Williamson has led the way for the Black Caps amassing the maximum runs over more than a year. The return of ageing Grant Elliot, who starred against Pakistan in the first ODI, is also a good boost for the team. Also the likes of senior players – Brendon McCullum, Luke Ronchi and Ross Taylor – have contributed well and add vital solidity.
Their bowling unit have some much needed fire power and have contributed largely to the success in recent time. With several match-winners in the side and the cushion of playing at home, will serve New Zealand lot of positivity as they claim to be a major force in the coveted event.
They play against Pakistan in the second ODI on Tuesday and will look to seal the series 2-0.
New Zealand who are in Group A, open their World Cup account against Sri Lanka on 14th February.