ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand to reap left-right benefit against India, says Ross Taylor

Ross Taylor said variety in right hand-left hand batting lineup was necessary to make the most of the ICC Cricket World Cup grounds.

Reuters, Jun 12, 2019 22:52:34 IST

Nottingham: New Zealand’s steady supply of left-handed batsmen will come in handy in Thursday’s World Cup match against an Indian team without that variety in their top order, senior Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor said on the eve of the match.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan’s injury has not only robbed India of a left-right pair at the top of their order but has also left the two-times champions without a southpaw in the top half of their batting.

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are expected to play a key role with the bat for the Black Caps. AP

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are expected to play a key role with the bat for the Black Caps. AP

In contrast, New Zealand have three left-handers in their top six, including opener Colin Munro.

“Obviously Shikhar is a big loss to India,” Taylor told reporters at Trent Bridge on Wednesday. “He and Rohit Sharma have a very good partnership, and I think they complement each other well because they’re right and left-handed.

“I think we’ve had a similar balanced side for a long time, and when you do have a right-left hand combination, it does put pressure in different ways on the bowling opposition.”

A left-right combination forces bowlers to alter line and length while the fielding captain is also compelled to tinker with field settings every time the batsmen change ends.

Taylor said such variety in the batting lineup was necessary to make the most of the World Cup grounds.

“A lot of these grounds in the UK have a short boundary to one side, and if you’ve got two right handers or two left handers, you can’t exploit it as much...

“It’s traditionally a short boundary here. If that is the case, then hopefully we can exploit it with the right and left handers.”

A lot will depend on how New Zealand fare against the wrist-spin of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav but the 35-year-old Taylor reckoned the duo might bowl slightly more defensively at Trent Bridge.

“Shorter boundaries can sometimes play in the minds of the spinners, one might spin a little bit more defensive, but with the weather around and so much uncertainty, we’ll just have to wait and see,” he said.

The 2015 finalists have made a perfect start in their quest for a maiden World Cup title, winning their first three matches before the tournament was hit by poor weather, which has already resulted in three matches being either called off or abandoned.

“I said at the start of the tournament that luck is going to play a part,” Taylor said.

“England is a beautiful place, but it’s not famous for good weather. In saying that, there’s still a long way to go in this tournament. I’m sure there’s going to be rained out games that could have freaked us along the way.”

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Updated Date: Jun 12, 2019 22:52:34 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
India 3 2 0 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 4 1 2 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Bangladesh 4 1 2 1 3
Pakistan 4 1 2 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





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 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
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