India vs New Zealand Key Battles: On a roll with 10 victories in their last 11 T20 international matches, Team India will kick off the ICC World T20 2016 tournament as favourites when they open their campaign against New Zealand at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Tuesday. But the another important fact is that India never win a single Twenty20 match against New Zealand. Both the teams played four T20 matches between them and New Zealand won all the 4 matches.
Top 5 Key Battles between India vs New Zealand
Rohit Sharma vs Tim Southee
Rohit Sharma is one batsman who, once set, can play big innings and is very difficult to get rid of. The Indian opener has been in sublime touch. His unbeaten 98 off just 57 balls was nothing less than an alarm bell for oppositions. Tim Southee is one of the most experienced players in New Zealand fold. Leading the pace attack, Southee will look to derail India’s start. The best quality of the Kiwi pacer is that he can swing the ball both ways and it makes him an effective bowler during the Powerplay.
Virat Kohli vs Adam Milne
India’s batting star Virat Kohli has delivered with the bat when it mattered the most. When it comes to run-chase, Kohli is considered as one of the best cricketers in the world. Be it pacers or spinners, the 27-year-old has an answers for every attack in the world.New Zealand pacer Adam Milne made his first-class debut as an 18-year-old for Central Districts in 2009. He claimed a wicket on his second ball and finished with 4 for 52 against Canterbury. His sheer pace and accurate line and length has sometimes earned him comparisons with former Kiwi pacer Shane Bond.
Kane Williamson vs Ashish Nehra
Age seems just a number for Ashish Nehra. At the age of 37, most of the cricketers are seen holding a microphone and commentating during a cricket match or mentoring young players. But Nehra has proved his critics wrong. The left-hand pacer is bowling with the zeal of a youngster. Since Kane Williamson has taken over New Zealand’s captaincy, the team has returned to winning ways. Williamson has become the mainstay of the New Zealand batting order. Under his captaincy, NZ defeated Pakistan in a recently-concluded T20I series. Williamson finished as the highest run-getter in the series with 175 runs in 3 matches at an average of 87.50.
Martin Guptill vs Jasprit Bumrah
Luck and hard work did wonders for young bowling sensation Jasprit Bumrah. After receiving his Mumbai Indians’ cap from maestro Sachin Tendulkar in 2013, Bumrah’s rise has been phenomenal. The right-arm pacer was supposed to join India’s T20I squad in Australia but a last-moment stroke of luck advanced the debut of the man with an unorthodox action. Martin Guptill is arguably the most dependable in this New Zealand batting line-up. In the absence of Brendon McCullum, who recently bid adieu from international cricket, New Zealand will be relying on their high-flying opener to do the job.
Colin Munro vs Ravichandran Ashwin
Colin Munro is one of the most devastating batsmen in the New Zealand outfit. With his hard-hitting batting style, the southpaw can resist any attack in the world and can smash the ball out of the park with ease. His 14-ball 50 against Sri Lanka in a recently-concluded T20I series is the best example of his explosive batting as he blasted seven sixes during his brutal knock. India, playing at home, will be heavily relying on their spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin, with his experience and variations, will try to fox the New Zealand batsmen and finish the middle order quickly. Ashwin claimed 9 wickets in the T20I series against Sri Lanka and followed it with 4 wickets in the Asia Cup.