Williamson confident New Zealand can end India’s World Cup dreams again

Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 - Semi-Final - New Zealand Practice - Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India - November 14, 2023 General view of New Zealand players during practice REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/ File Photo

The captain of New Zealand’s team, Kane Williamson, stated on Tuesday that his team would go into their World Cup semi-final match against India with a fresh mindset and complete confidence in their abilities to topple the dominant hosts in Mumbai. The match is scheduled to take place on Saturday.

The Black Caps started the competition with four consecutive wins, but they suffered the first of four straight losses against Rohit Sharma’s side during a stretch of injury troubles. Despite this, the Black Caps were able to book a spot in Wednesday’s semi-final with a late surge, however.

Williamson, who returned from knee surgery for the World Cup and recovered from a fractured finger, missed the loss to India but is anticipating a similarly tricky test from the hosts, who remained unbeaten in the group stage. India was the only team in the group stage that Williamson’s team did not beat.

“We are fully aware that this will be a tough test. Williamson told the press, “They’re a side that’s been playing extremely well, but we also know that come finals time, everything starts again, and it’s all about the day.”

“Therefore, for us as a squad, the primary concentration is our cricket. We’ve been playing some solid cricket the whole time. Along the process, we have had a few close defeats and a few victories, all of which have contributed to the current situation we find ourselves in.

“We’re excited about the challenge ahead.”

Williamson stated that he was not concerned about his team’s status as underdogs despite their victory over India in the semi-finals of the 2019 competition. New Zealand was the team that ended India’s ambitions.

“I don’t think it has changed too much, but that’s fine and India have been exceptional,” Williamson commented.

“One of the best teams, if not the best team overall, currently playing cricket that can match that.” But we are also aware that playing our best cricket on a given day unquestionably provides us with the best opportunity. And when it comes to the finals, anything may happen.”

A top-order batsman named Rachin Ravindra stepped up to fill the void Williamson left behind throughout their campaign. Rachin Ravindra has been a revelation with his 565 runs, earning accolades from the team’s captain.

“It’s not just the volume of runs that he’s achieved so far but how he’s been scoring them and how it’s been geared towards trying to move the team forward,” Williamson told reporters.

“Amazing contributions, especially for someone at such a young age. I have no doubt that there will be many more instances like it in the future.”

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