As India readies for their World Cup showdown against New Zealand in Dharamsala, Virat Kohli commended the Kiwis’ remarkable consistency and error-avoidant play.

As India and New Zealand brace for a crucial World Cup match, Virat Kohli applauded New Zealand’s structural strength and consistency. Both teams have maintained perfect records so far, but New Zealand holds the upper hand in their historical World Cup clashes, winning five out of eight encounters against India. Their cricketing dominance has been underscored by their recent World Cup performances, including two final appearances in 2015 and 2019 and a victory against India in the World Test Championship final in 2021.

In an interview with Star Sports, Virat Kohli commended New Zealand’s structured and consistent style of play, acknowledging their professionalism and minimal room for errors.

“They are a very professional side and a very structured side, they have a very structured way of playing their cricket. But within that structure, they have been very consistent, and that has been the reason for their success. Any team that plays against them has to find a way to break their rhythm and play to the best of their abilities, which will eventually decide whether you can cope up with their consistency or not because they are not a team that makes many mistakes. That’s been their strength, and at the international level, if you don’t make many mistakes, then you have a good chance of winning the game more often,” Kohli said.

“The way they have come up in world cricket in the last 6-7 years, 2015 finalists, 2019 finalists and they have beat us in the ICC Test Championship final as well, so yeah big credit goes to them,” he added.

Rohit Sharma echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the need for individual adaptability against New Zealand’s well-thought-out plans.

“I think when I talk about tactical New Zealand comes to my mind. I feel they are tactically very strong, and they bat according to the plans that have been given to them. When you play against them, you know some sort of planning has been done against each individual. They have beaten us in the ICC tournaments regularly, so for us, it is important that we try to understand the situation first and what we need to do as individuals and try to play the game,” Rohit Sharma stated.

The highly anticipated clash between these two cricketing nations is scheduled to take place at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala on Sunday, October 22.

Last Updated on October 22, 2023

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