- Gautam Gambhir accepts that the impending conflict between India and New Zealand at the T20 World Cup will be a uniformly challenging fight.
- India made a trip to New Zealand in February 2020, where they lost the ODI series and the Test series to the Kane Williamson-drove group.
Previous India cricketer Gautam Gambhir accepts that the impending conflict between India and New Zealand at the T20 World Cup will be a uniformly challenged fight, although the new outcomes between the two groups inclining towards the Kiwis.
New Zealand took out India in the 2019 ODI World Cup, overcoming the Virat Kohli-drove side in the elimination round.
India made a trip to New Zealand in February 2020, where they lost the ODI series and the Test series to the Kane Williamson-drove group. The new World Test Championship last loss against NZ further exhibited India’s failure to beat the Kiwis in ICC competitions.
Yet, Gambhir accepts that records don’t make any difference on a match day, and players don’t contemplate previous outcomes.
“50-50. When you go to a major competition, the records are just for the media and the fans. The records don’t make any difference for the players at all, and they don’t consider them well,” he said on Star Sports’ Game Plan.
“Indeed, you can ponder your record. If a player is battling against a specific bowler, that can be at the forefront of his thoughts. However, Pakistan has always lost against India, and India has always lost against New Zealand, which won’t ever matter.
“India can overcome New Zealand, and you have the capability. You have Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul – when you have batsmen and bowlers like these, it won’t be simple for New Zealand,” the previous India batsman added.
Gambhir, however, demanded that India can’t trifle with the Kiwis as they are perhaps the best group in the realm of cricket now.
“We can’t say New Zealand are the longshots since they are an extremely even side. They have Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson, and they have the capability the batting. Thus, you should play great cricket,” he closed down.