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ARE INDIA & NEW ZEALAND FOLLOWING A PATTERN?

In ICC events in the last decade, India have started as major contenders while New Zealand are not usually counted as a possible threat.

One’s success on the all important final day cannot be assured just by how talented, gifted or even hard working you are. The one who outperforms its competitors in tackling the pressure present around in a pressure cooker like environment that day gets the upper hand.

The Indian cricket team and New Zealand stand out as polar opposites in the way they function. The Indian team has a jam-packed schedule throughout the year, whereas New Zealand have comparatively far less international appearances and tours annually. Kane Williamson’s Black Caps have sprung out to be known as the ‘good boys of cricket’ who can do no wrong. Virat Kohli’s Indian team has emerged with an aggressive attitude and do-or-die approach.

The talent pool in New Zealand for cricket has been one of the tiniest while there are over a billion cricket loving Indians. Even after considering these differentiable qualities, one cannot ignore a major asset shared by these two rather distinct setups.

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A peak into the recent past suggests that both these teams have followed a similar pattern in ICC tournaments. In most of the ICC events in the last decade, India have started as major contenders for the title while New Zealand are not counted as a possible threat until the commencement of the tournament. But as the tournament progresses both India and New Zealand gallop through to the knockout stages, and courtesy weather conditions, pitch conditions, team balance and even due to lack boundary hitting ability, apparently the Kiwis and the Indians find themselves getting consoled with statements such as “it is a great achievement to reach till here” and “it was just an hour of bad luck”.

And now here we stand, at yet another ICC event, which India started as favourites and New Zealand as some unnoticeable athletes. Watch out for June 18 at Southampton.

 

ICC TOURNAMENTS

2014 T20 World Cup

INDIA: Runners-up

NEW ZEALAND: Group stage

2015 World Cup

INDIA: Semi-finals

NEW ZEALAND: Runners-up

2016 T20 World Cup

INDIA: Semi-finals

NEW ZEALAND: Semi-finals

2017 Champions Trophy

INDIA: Runners-up

NEW ZEALAND: Group stage

2019 World Cup

INDIA: Semi-finals

NEW ZEALAND: Runners-up

Written by Shaunak Yevatekar

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