Henry Nicholls, New Zealand batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Talented Nicholls' chance to repay team management's faith

Nicholls has been promoted to open for the national side. He has not yet shown the form that first got him selected as an opener, but he's got a history of repaying any faith shown in him.

Michael Wagener, Apr 22, 2019 19:42:05 IST

In late 2017, Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach at the time, was asked about Henry Nicholls’ position in the side. In short, why was he picked ahead of players who were more impressive on paper? To his credit, Mike Hesson admitted that Nicholls numbers weren't very good. He had to. They weren’t. But he also said that he'd seen enough to suggest that Nicholls was one player who was worth investing in. Since that time, Nicholls has repaid that investment with interest.

File picture of Henry Nicholls. Getty

File picture of Henry Nicholls. Getty

As he predominantly batted at number 6, opportunities to prove himself with the bat did not come along very often, but he grasped the few that did come his way and very quickly made himself an indispensable member of the team.

It was a particularly successful season of domestic cricket in the position of opening batsman for the Canterbury side that first got Nicholls noticed and had the selectors sitting up a little straighter. And now that his coach from Canterbury (Gary Stead) has taken over the national side, Nicholls has been promoted to open for the national side. He has not yet shown the form that first got him selected as an opener, but he's got a history of repaying any faith shown in him.

His fitness and speed is right at the top of the level expected from professional cricketers, and his running between the wickets is as sharp as anyone’s, even when he’s been at the wicket for over an hour.

It will be a family affair for the Nicholls at the world cup, as his older brother Willy is part of the New Zealand management team.

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Updated Date: Apr 23, 2019 19:26:46 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254