Tom Blundell, New Zealand wicket-keeper, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Surprise pick Blundell's chance to showcase his talent on big stage

Like most wicket-keepers, Tom Blundell tends to favour cross-batted shots, particularly cuts, pulls and sweeps, however, his game is mostly built on a strong defensive technique.

Michael Wagener, Apr 22, 2019 19:52:01 IST

Tom Blundell is a specialist wicket-keeper from Wellington. He was very much the surprise pick for the World Cup squad, given that he has never played an ODI match, and did not play for Wellington this season in the Ford Trophy. He has played in only four of the 12 List A matches that New Zealand A played in the last 18 months, playing one of them as a specialist batsman with BJ Watling taking the gloves.

File picture of Tom Blundell. AFP

File picture of Tom Blundell. AFP

He is regarded as one of New Zealand’s best pure wicket-keepers and has played a couple of test matches as wicketkeeper when BJ Watling was unfit. He scored a century on debut at the Basin Reserve, just down the road from his house. A hint to his down-to-earth personality can be found from the fact that he decided to walk home from that Test match, with his bag over his shoulder and a match stump in his hand.

Like most wicket-keepers, he tends to favour cross-batted shots, particularly cuts, pulls and sweeps, however, his game is mostly built on a strong defensive technique. That may be helpful in a situation where early wickets fall, but he tends to struggle to turn over the strike as well as most international batsmen.

It is unlikely that he will play much of a role at the World Cup, baring an injury to Tom Latham, but New Zealand have traditionally been a side who have made surprise picks at World Cups, often with spectacular success. It would certainly be a left-field selection to have him in the starting eleven, but so were the selections of Mark Greatbatch and Grant Elliott. Gary Stead mentioned a couple of times that the combination of his batting ability and his glove work was what led to him being picked, and so there might be something that Craig McMillan (the outgoing batting coach) has seen in his technique that makes him think that three months of intensive work could turn him into a genuine batting asset.

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Updated Date: Apr 23, 2019 19:23:18 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