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DARK HORSES: Black Caps Gunning for Glory

Kane Williamson, New Zealand, World Cup T20
Kane Williamson & Co. have to up their game and take New Zealand cricket to even greater heights with some promising and formidable players in their ranks.

The post-Brendon McCullum era gets underway with the ICC World T20, with the Kiwis coming in to the tourney as dark horses. McCullum was arguably the finest T20 batsman alongside Chris Gayle, and having hung up his boots in front of his home crowd – the Kiwis have lost the edge.

But that only means Kane Williamson & Co. have to up their game and take New Zealand cricket to even greater heights with some promising and formidable players in their ranks.

Williamson and Guptill atop the order form one of the most dynamic batting duos in world cricket. With Williamson very Kohli-like, mixing caution with aggression, and consistency being his most amazing trait just like Virat, Martin Guptill at the other end is deadly to say the least. The duo have often provided the Kiwis with the perfect start, with skipper Williamson and Guptill averaging in the high thirties and boasting of belter strike rates. Having led the Kiwis from the front to a series win against Pakistan in January, the transition with Williamson at the helm has been almost seamless.

The Kiwis middle-order packs in some power hitters with Colin Munro, Corey Anderson and Ross Taylor. Munro & Anderson have made the middle-order their own, largely dealing with the big hits. Coming in at number 4 and leading the bowling attack – Anderson is a modern day Jacques Kallis in the Kiwi ranks. Ross Taylor meanwhile, adds substance and solidity to the line-up playing the role of finisher from time to time. Grant Elliot & stumper Luke Ronchi too can pack a punch when called into the line of fire, adding strength in batting depth for this new-look Kiwi unit.

BOULT & COREY SHARE THE LOAD

The Kiwi bowling attack has some serious firepower with Trent Boult & Anderson leading the line with some raw pace. Adam Milne and Mitchell McClenaghan add some variety to an otherwise pacey bowling line-up, with Mitchell Santner packs in his left arm spin to good effect. Santner will be hoping to get some assistance from the pitches, to give the Kiwis the edge this time around. All-in-all the Kiwis boast of one of the most balanced units of the tournament, and with a 25 year-old skipper – this unit screams fearlessness more than anything, as they aspire for title glory.

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