T20 World Cup 2021 Match Preview: India Vs New Zealand

In the next T20 World Cup 2021 match, India takes on New Zealand. Both teams would be under immense pressure after defeat against Pakistan. On October 31, Dubai next Sunday, the India Vs New Zealand meet on Super clash; a significant match for both sides to open their account in the tournament.

Match Preview India Vs New Zealand

As the Net Run Rate of inaugural edition’s winners is concerning. After the bitter loss, India NRR’s has gone down to -0.973. Hence, they will need to make amends next weekend with the Black Caps.

In the India Vs Pakistan opener, the crushing 10- wickets loss by the Kohli led team and Co would need to bounce back. The fate will be further decided by this upcoming Super 12 match, keeping the hopes alive.

On the other hand, India doesn’t have the best record against NZ team. As they beat the India team on World Test Championship final and then on semi-final of World Cup, 2019. The Kohli-led Indian team, need to punch above their weight. Guptill may miss the significant match, due to an injury picked against Pakistan on Tuesday.

Kohli concern

Kohli shared, Given the condition, he was convinced team India played their best side on the match day. However, the magnitude of loss is too high to ignore and changes will be made.

Two changes are likely to be made:

  • Ishan Kishan: He could make it to playing 11, in place of Hardik Pandya. During the Pakistan game, Pandya picked an injury. The medical scans show him fit to play.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Kumar might be dropped for Shardul Thakur. In the recent times, Shardul has been impressive. While Bhuvi has only been able pick six wickets in Indian Premier League 2021. At an economy rate of 8.30, Bhuvi owned 25 runs, bowled three overs.

Brad Hogg fan tweet

Team Indian captain would feel a lot more pressure than his New Zealand counterpart Kane Williamson says Brad Hogg. The Ex-Australian spinner further reckons, NZ takes the early advantage, hence could be able to seize the opportunity. While Indian Team might need to play catch-up.

Responding to a fan tweet, Hogg tweeted:

 “India will feel more pressure than New Zealand playing Pakistan. That’s my biggest concern for India. New Zealand have to capitalize on this by getting early momentum making India play catch up cricket. Ask me on Saturday, where it’s closer to the game!!

Not to forget, Thakur took 21 wickets and he can bat well. So, it is possible, Shardul Thakur against the Kiwis in the next game.

Fun Session Image

Just before the game, the Board Control for Cricket in India, (BCCI) shared a fun image on through the social media handle.

Despite the crushing defeat against Pakistan, the post shared by BCCI showcased. India player in high spirits (Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli, Shardul Thakur) on catching drill.

T20 Men’s World Cup, 2021 Team India schedule

India vs Pakistan, Result: Babar Azam & Co win by 10 wickets on October 24

  • October 31, Dubai India vs New Zealand (Time: 7.30 pm IST)
  • India vs Afghanistan (Time: 7.30 pm IST) -November 3, Abu Dhabi
  • November 5, Dubai India vs Scotland (Time: 7.30 pm IST)
  • November 8, Dubai India vs Namibia (Time: 7.30 pm IST)

Prediction of India XI VS New Zealand: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Varun Chakravarthy, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja.

Team India T20 World Cup Squad:

Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar and Mohammad Shami.

Reserves: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Axar Patel

New Zealand T20 World Cup Squad:

Kane Williamson (capt), Todd Astle, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert(wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Adam Milne(Injury cover)


  • Both Teams under pressure after the bitter loss against Pakistan.
  • Significant match to keep the semis hopes alive.
  • Two possible changes: Ishan Kishan and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.
  • Fun session before the eventful day, shared by the BCCI.

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