New Zealand pacer Trent Boult on Saturday sent a warning to Virat Kohli & Co of yet another upset as Men in Blue look to end their losing streak against Blackcaps in ICC tournaments. India’s latest defeats against Kiwis have come during ICC WTC Final and the 2019 World Cup semifinal.
‘When it comes to ICC events, playing India is always very exciting. When we play India, we want to showcase out best and we have done so with the right spirit over the years. We are excited and are ready to upset India once again,’ Trent Boult said in the pre-match press conference.
India and New Zealand will lock horns against each other in the Super 12 stages of the World Cup on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
India vs New Zealand in ICC tournaments
2003 World Cup: India defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets
2007 T20 World Cup: New Zealand defeated India by 10 runs.
2016 T20 World Cup: New Zealand defeated India by 47 runs.
2019 World Cup Semi-Final: New Zealand defeated India by 18 runs
2021 World Test Championships: New Zealand defeated India by 8 wickets.
Trent Boult said that Kiwis are excited and ready for the challenge. The bowling department will come all guns blazing with clarity.
“Boys are pretty upbeat, excited about the chance of taking on India tomorrow night. Not the best start for us against Pakistan who obviously played some pretty good cricket. Boys are excited and we are looking forward to the challenge that India brings,” said the left-arm pacer.
“Whatever we do first, we need to do it well. India brings a lot of challenges, they are a quality side. But with the ball, we just need to be clear in our options on how to shut these people down and obviously give them a bigger chase as possible if we bat first. We look forward to taking it on,” he added.
Martin Guptill will play, confirms Trent Boult
Giving a fitness update on Martin Guptill, Boult said: “He is pretty good, he trained fully yesterday. He is definitely a big piece of the puzzle for us at the top of the innings. He is good to go.”
Most of the games this World Cup have been won by the team chasing and dew has consistently played a big role.
“It is a good question and it is hard to understand how much dew is going to come in tomorrow. From the one game we have experienced, there was not much of it. You just have to take your time to have a grip on the ball and you need to try to be accurate. It is going to be an exciting game and hopefully, some good cricket is played,” said Boult.
Both sides will enter the contest after suffering a loss against Pakistan.