With New Zealand locking horns with India in the semi-finals, it will set the stage for a rematch of the 2019 semi-finals, where the Kiwis emerged victorious against India by 18 runs. However, it’s worth noting that India recently ended their 20-year losing streak against New Zealand in ICC events, defeating them by four wickets in Dharamsala on October 22.
In the 2019 ICC World Cup, Team India experienced both highs and lows. Despite being favorites, they faced a setback in the semi-final against New Zealand, attributed to what Virat Kohli termed as ’45 minutes of bad cricket.’ A rain-affected match at Old Trafford saw New Zealand, inspired by Matt Henry, prevail over India. Despite hopes for a thrilling run-chase led by Dhoni and Jadeja, India’s trophy drought continued.
Boult talks about Rohit Sharma and Kohli
Trent Boult expressed admiration for Rohit Sharma, praising his phenomenal cricket skills. He acknowledged Rohit and Virat Kohli as fabulous players, emphasizing his enjoyment of competing against the best. “I like Rohit Sharma; he’s playing phenomenal cricket. Rohit and Virat are fabulous players, and I like playing against the best,” said Boult.
In a stern warning to India, New Zealand’s star bowler Trent Boult issued a statement after their convincing five-wicket win against Sri Lanka, virtually securing a spot in the semi-finals. The victory puts Pakistan in a challenging position, needing an extraordinary performance against England to qualify.
Trent Boult, who was awarded the Player of the Match for his three-wicket haul, expressed excitement about facing India in the semi-finals. He remarked, “It’ll be exciting to face India in the Semi-Finals. Everyone wants a piece of the home nation. They’re playing phenomenal cricket.”
The statement highlights the anticipation and eagerness within the New Zealand camp to confront India in the crucial semi-final match. Boult’s use of the phrase “everyone wants a piece of the home nation” suggests a heightened competitive spirit and the desire to test their skills against a team playing on their home turf.
As the World Cup 2023 progresses, the anticipation builds for potential face-offs between cricketing giants, adding excitement to the tournament and keeping fans on the edge of their seats.