The Black Caps record in the World Cup over the years has been quite astonishing. New zealand have reached the semifinals of the ICC Cricket World Cup on six occasions (1975, 1979, 1992, 1999, 2007 and 2011). Quite astonishingly, they have failed to record even a single Finals appearance in the 10 World Cups held so far. That said, the Kiwis will certainly be fancying their chances in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
A Well Oiled Unit
Since the close of the 2011 World Cup, it looked as though the Kiwis were in free fall. However Brendon Mcculum and coach Mike Hesson were able to bring about a turnaround so much so that the recent form of the Kiwis has been impeccable. Starting from the West Indies tour in May 2014, New Zealand’s performances have been top drawer. Their recent show against Asian giants Sri Lanka and Pakistan has only gone on to reinforce the previous statement.
With the likes of Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson and Trent Boult coming to the fore with game-changing performances, Mike Hesson and his side will have to be taken seriously by the opponents.
Kiwi X Factor in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Apart from playing in front of their home crowd in venues such as Christchurch and Wellington, two aspects will directly influence the World Cup campaign of New Zealand. The first one is the pressure they face to emulate the golden generation of the likes of Mark Greatbach, Danny Morrison, Chris Harris and Martin Crowe. With their sights firmly set on the World Cup Trophy, this generation of players will have to go the extra mile. This is not going to be easy by any means.
The second aspect lies in the controversial selection of Grant Elliot. The 35 year old’s selection over the ever reliable Jimmy Neesham raised many eyebrows. The critics were made to take their harsh words back as Elliot’s performances in the series against Sri Lanka in particular reinforced his place in the side. Whether the Grant Elliot gamble pays off, we will have to wait and see, as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 unfolds during the next 2 months.
Coach: Mike Hesson.
Batsmen: Brendon McCullum (c), Kane Williamson (vc), Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor; Wicket Keepers: Luke Ronchi and Tom Latham.
All Rounders: Grant Elliot and Corey Anderson.
Fast Bowlers: Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan and Tim Southee; Spin Bowlers: Nathan McCullum and Daniel Vettori.
The Kiwis have a case for lifting the World Cup for the first time in their history in the upcoming edition. But a semifinal place seems to be a more realistic prediction given their recent form, squad balance and playing conditions. If that indeed turns out to be true, the Kiwis will end up ‘almost there but not quite’ for the seventh time in World Cup history.