New Zealand cricket have been one of the unluckiest team in the history of ICC World Cup events. They came close to winning the ICC ODI World Cup in 2015 and 2019, losing in final, and then lost to India in semi-final in 2023. They also lost in semi-finals of the 2007, 2016 and 2022 semi-finals and lost the final in 2021.

But, New Zealand cricket team is back once again with the aim of winning the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 editions being played in West Indies and USA. New Zealand have been placed in Group C where they are favourite to top the group over the likes of Afghanistan, West Indies, Uganda and Papua New Guinea. New Zealand will open its campaign on June 8 vs Afghanistan. Let’s take a look at top 5 New Zealand players to watch out for in the World Cup 2024.

Kane Williamson

Much like Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson has also often been criticised for his strike rate in the T20 game. Yet, there is no doubt that Kane Williamson is one of the greatest batter of this generation. Kane has played 89 matches and has scored 2547 runs with an average of 33.51 and strike rate of 123.52.

Finn Allen

New Zealand’s opening batter Finn Allen has yet got to show-off his batting skills in the IPL. Allen has been outstanding for New Zealand in T20I International. He has played 43 T20Is for New Zealand and has scored 1106 with an average of 25.72 and strike rate of 163.61. He likes of play an aggressive brand of cricket, as his strike rate indicates.

Glenn Phillips

Wicketkeeper batter Glenn Phillips will play a key role in the middle-order for New Zealand in the T20 World Cup 2024. Phillips has a great career record for New Zealand. He has played 74 T20I matches in which he has scored 1816 runs at an average of 33.02 and strike rate of 143.22.

Tim Southee

New Zealand’s vice-captain Tim
Southee could play an important role for his team in the T20 World Cup 2024. Tim Southee is a cleaver bowler who uses his change of pace brilliantly and from what we have seen the opening matches of the World Cup 2024, Tim Southee could have a great season. Southee has played 122 matches and has taken 157 wickets in T20Is.

Trent Boult

There is no denying that Trent Boult is the best bowler in the world when there is swing in offer. Boult likes to play with the swing which makes him a lethal bowler in the opening overs when the ball is new and swinging. And there has been no lack of swing in both West Indies and the USA in the matches in played in the T20 World Cup 2024 so far, which indicates Boult could be witnessing a great World Cup. He has played 57 T20Is matches and has taken 74 wickets in his career.

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