Kiwi team is a second-ranked team in Test cricket. With their skipper, Kane Williamson at his best along with other inform players, Blackcaps looks-alike formidable unit. Here we are looking at possible challenges team India has to face in upcoming series in Kiwiland.
On Batting Front
Obstacles Team India has to endure in Test series against New Zealand
- Leader- Kane Williamson
One of the members of the elite Fab Four club, Williamson can turn any test match with his classic innings. Loved all over the world for his gracious behaviour, Williamson fiercely leads his team on the battleground of cricket. His average is above 50 in the last six years. He has scored 457 runs with a remarkable average of 76.17 this year in just six matches. Also at home, he has scored 3052 runs in 36 tests with an average of 59.84 which clearly better than his away average of 47.39. So these stats conclude that Kiwi skipper is a mighty batsman at home. He will be a key obstacle in front of team India in the upcoming series.
- Opener – Tom Latham
Latham is one of the best openers in world cricket nowadays. He averages 59 and 65 in 2018 and 2019 respectively. He averaged only behind elite names like Steven Smith, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson in the list of players who scored a minimum of 1000 runs in the last two years. With the tag of the best opener in the world, he will be a tough opponent for team India next test series.
- An Old Guard – Ross Taylor
Kiwi veteran Ross Taylor is one of a key member of Blackcaps. This year, Taylor is in superlative form in test cricket. He has scored 499 runs with a magnificent average of 71.29 with the help of two centuries. He will be very excited to apply his all experience against the world’s number one team India.
- Glovesman – B J Watling
Termed as best wicket-keeper batsman in cricket all over the world, B J Watling will be player to watch in next series. He averages stunning 80 this year with a double century and one century. With his pressure soaking ability and patient batting, he can be a frustrating opponent for India.
- Pace Weapon – Trent Boult
Boult is one of the fastest pacers in the world. Also with his left-arm angle, he becomes a fearsome pacer for all batsmen in the world. With 250 wickets for Kiwi team, he is the leader of their pace department. This year he has grabbed 22 wickets in just 5 tests till now with a wonderful average of 24. As a lot of India batsmen have a weakness against left-arm pacers, Boult will be the main weapon for Kiwi team.
- Swing Master – Tim Southee
Another very experienced campaigner of Kiwi team, Tim Southee has bagged 22 dismissals in 6 test with an average of 29 this year. In swing friendly conditions, Southee is most ferocious pacer of New Zealand.
- Trump Card – Neil Wagner
Another left-handed fearsome pacer will test the patience of Indian batsmen in the upcoming tour. Neil Wagner has 180+ wickets for Kiwi team in test format. In 2019, he snared 29 wickets in just 4 tests with a stunning average of 16. He can be the trump card for the New Zealand team in the next test series.