Nottingham, June 12: Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has asserted that the Kiwis will beat India when the two sides meet in an ICC World Cup 2019 clash here on Thursday. New Zealand have won all the three matches they have played so far and Vettori feels that the Kiwis will take that form into the clash against India.
"Three wins from three is a major confidence boost for New Zealand but the next game against India is simply massive," Vettori wrote in a column for the International Cricket Council. The Indians also have an unbeaten record, havign won their two previous matches, including against defending champions Australia.
"You know that matches against India are going to have a great atmosphere and be a real pressure situation. India are perhaps the best team in the world and it's exciting to play in front of a big-match crowd that is so into the game and so passionate about cricket," Vettori wrote. Vettori also felt the crowd support made India a more potent threat.
"Lots of the guys will have experienced that in the sub-continent but to have that in England is going to be something that's new to them and something they need to get used to as the tournament goes on, particularly if they want to reach those semi-finals," he said. "Because they've performed so well for a long time, New Zealand won't be defined by the result or performance in this game, win or lose."
India had won a five-match series by a convincing 4-1 margin in New Zealand earlier this year. However, the Kiwis will take heart from a couple of occasions on that series.
The Kiwis had bundled out the Indians for just 92 at Hamilton. In the very next match at Wellington, they again put the men in blue on the ropes, leaving them struggling at 18/4.
Trent Boult was the wrecker-in-chief on both occassions, as he used extracted prodigious swing and movement off the pitch.
With conditions in England similar to New Zealand, the Kiwis and their pace spearhead Boult must be feeling at home. Boult has claimed 22 wickets in the 12 ODIs he has played against India.
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