New Zealand become India’s Achilles heel in ICC events, BlackCaps dominate Men in Blue

New Zealand become India's Achilles heel in ICC events, Blackcaps dominate Men in Blue - World Test Championship
New Zealand become India's Achilles heel in ICC events, Blackcaps dominate Men in Blue - World Test Championship

New Zealand become India’s Achilles heel in ICC events, BlackCaps dominate Men in Blue – Kane Williamson’s New Zealand thrashed Virat Kohli’s Team India in the final to win the inaugural World Test Championship here at The Rose Bowl, Southampton on Wednesday. This was the first time that Team India lost three consecutive Tests against New Zealand. While on the other hand Virat Kohli, who is leading India since 2014 in Test and 2016 in limited-overs cricket, is still in search of his first ICC trophy as a captain. 

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With this win over India, New Zealand continues to dominated Men in Blue in the ICC events. Blackcaps have defeated India in ICC events 11 times out of 14. New Zealand, who topped the ICC ranking just ahead of the World Test Championship final, defeated India in every ICC event since the 2003 World Cup. It was under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly that Team India managed to beat New Zealand by seven wickets. 

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ICC events – IND vs NZ

NZ 11, India 3

World CupIND 3, NZ 5

Champions TrophyInd 0, NZ 1

World T20Ind 0, NZ 2

TestsInd 0, NZ 3

Reson Behind India’s poor performance in World Test Championship 2021 Final

IND vs NZ: Out of form – Virat Kohli & Jasprit Bumrah

India captain Virat Kohli and lead pacer Jasprit Bumrah were looking out of form in the WTC final. Kohli somehow managed to score 44 runs in the first innings but failed to replicate it in the second innings. While on the other hand, Jasprit Bumrah was just not able to hit the right length. The right-arm pacer failed to take a single wicket in the Test.  

IND vs NZ: No first-class cricket ahead of the WTC Final

In the post-match press conference, Virat Kohli mentioned that the team asked for the first-class cricket ahead of the WTC final but he has no idea why it was not provided. First-class cricket ahead of WTC final would have helped Team India find the rhythm

IND vs NZ: Bad shot selection on Day 6 

Team India’s top-order batsman such as Virat, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane lost their wickets not because the balls they faced were good but their shot selection on those balls were poor.

IND vs NZ: Inability to run throw NZ’s lower order

As Bumrah had an off day there was not even a single bowler who could just run throw the New Zealand lower order. The runs made by the tailenders hurt India in the second innings. 

IND vs NZ: Outstanding display of swing bowling by Blackcaps

New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamison bowled exceptionally well and picked seven wickets in the game. Kiwi bowlers were looking far more dangerous than Indian bowlers as they were able to swing the ball at will. 

India’s perfomance vs NZ in ICC Events since 2003

2007 World T20 league match, Johannesburg – New Zealand won by 10 runs

2016 T20 World Cup Super-10 match, Nagpur – New Zealand won by 47 runs

2019 50-over World Cup semi-final – New Zealand won by 18 runs

2021 World Test Championship Final – New Zealand won by 8 wickets

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Since the 2013 Champions Trophy triumph under MS Dhoni’s captaincy. Team India have reached the knockout stages of six ICC events but failed to claim a single title. 

India’s perfomance in ICC events since 2013

2014 T20 World Cup Final – Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets

2015 Fifty overs World Cup Semi-final – Australia won by 95 runs

2016 T20 World Cup Semi-final – West Indies won by 7 wickets

2017 Champions Trophy Final – Pakistan won by 180 runs

2019 Fifty overs World Cup Semi-final – New Zealand won by 18 runs

2021 World Test Championship Final – New Zealand won by 8 wickets

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