ICC Champions Trophy: New Zealand, keen to spring a surprise
New Zealand won ICC Champions Trophy in 2000 held in Kenya, defeating India in the final. They have played in all the editions since it began in 1998 when it was called the ICC Knock OutUpdated: May 27, 2017 10:39 IST
New Zealand have time and again shown the tenacity to surprise the opposition. Be it master stroke of opening the bowling with spinner Mitchell Santner in the 2016 World T20 when they beat India, skipper Kane Williamson has an uncanny knack of remaining calm and picking match winners.
- ODI ranking: 4
- ODI 2016-17: Matches 24, Won 14, Lost 10 (since Jan 2016)
In 2017, New Zealand won the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy defeating Australia twice. Thereafter they hosted South Africa, winning two matches but losing the series 3-2.
Champions Trophy: Matches 21, Won 12, Lost 8
New Zealand won Champions Trophy in 2000 held in Kenya, defeating India in the final. They have played in all the editions since it began in 1998 when it was called the ICC Knock Out. New Zealand finished second in 2009, losing to Australia in the final. In 2013, New Zealand bowed out in the group stage. New Zealand have retained seven players from 2013 -- Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor and Williamson.
Kane Williamson: Ranked ninth in ICC ODI batting list, he is comfortable against pace and spin, and will be the key player for his side. A born leader, Willamson has the capacity to change gears quickly. His highest score in 2016-17 is 118 scored against India in Delhi. A couple of fifties for IPL holders Sunrisers Hyderabad means the Kiwi is going into the Champions Trophy with runs under his belt.
Martin Guptill: Ranked seventh in ICC ODI batting list, Guptill is a seasoned campaigner. His highest score for the 2016-17 season is an unbeaten 180 against South Africa, which helped his side post a seven-wicket win. In the IPL, Guptill has regularly opened for Kings XI Punjab, scoring a half-century. Having scored 12 centuries, Guptill is capable of providing good starts, which will be vital to New Zealand’s success.
Corey Anderson: A powerful striker of the ball and a handy bowler he missed almost the entire season last year due to injuries suffered during 2016 World T20. Coming into the side after proving his fitness in the current IPL where he plays for Delhi Daredevils, Anderson will be a vital cog in the Kiwi plans. He played four ODIs against India. He then missed the ODI series against Australia, Bangladesh and South Africa.
Grouped with Australia, Bangladesh and England, the Kiwis start their campaign against Australia on June 2.
Squad: Kane Williamson (C), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.
First Published: May 22, 2017 21:45 IST