As the cricketing world awaits the ICC World Cup semi-final clash between India and New Zealand at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson shares his optimism about the team’s bowling capabilities. Despite the setback of losing Matt Henry to injury, Ferguson believes New Zealand possesses a formidable bowling unit.
Matt Henry’s Absence: A “Handsome” Bowling Unit Remains, Says Ferguson
Addressing the media ahead of New Zealand’s training session, Ferguson acknowledged the absence of Matt Henry but expressed confidence in the team’s overall strength. “Matt Henry is obviously a big hole in our side, and we’re still a handsome bunch without him,” he remarked. The pacer also praised the experience brought in by Tim Southee, emphasizing his significant role in the team.
Ferguson highlighted Tim Southee’s wealth of experience, citing his captaincy roles in Test and T20 cricket. “That experience counts for a lot. He has also played a lot in India, which is great too,” Ferguson said. Southee’s familiarity with Indian conditions could prove pivotal as New Zealand aims to counter the formidable Indian lineup.
Pitch Dynamics: Reading and Executing Crucial for Success
Commenting on the high-scoring nature of the World Cup venues, Ferguson emphasized the importance of reading the pitch correctly. “It’s trying to understand what the pitch will be like and read what a good score on it is,” he remarked. The pacer revealed that the team has different plans in place but stressed the significance of executing them effectively on the day of the clash.
In conclusion, Lockie Ferguson expressed anticipation for the upcoming semi-final clash, stating, “We’ll have to play it as we see it come game day, but I’m looking forward to it.” As New Zealand aims to secure a spot in the World Cup final, Ferguson’s confidence and enthusiasm set the stage for an intense and competitive encounter.