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World Cup 2019, India vs New Zealand: Three factors that may bother the Men in Blue

Vishal Singh
09 Jul 2019, 10:32 IST

India Vs New Zealand
India Vs New Zealand

The Indian team has been brilliant so far in the current edition of the World Cup, grabbing the top spot in the points table. The Kiwis, though, have lost their last three to finish fourth.

The Men in Blue have dominated their opponents in all aspects of the game, more often than not at least, and their road to the semi-final has been smooth.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been exceptional with the bat, crafting crucial partnerships together at a brisk pace. Jasprit Bumrah has been outstanding with the ball, while Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya have got wickets at crucial situations.

KL Rahul has been able to partially fill the enormous void that appeared after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the tournament due to a thumb injury. Moreover, Ravindra Jadeja's impressive performance against Sri Lanka means they have the freedom to chose a variety of bowling lineups.

However, despite all this, here are three factors which may bother India in the semi-final against the Black Caps.

#3 Rohit Sharma's Awful Record Against Trent Boult

India v New Zealand – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up
India v New Zealand – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up

Rohit Sharma has been India's most bankable player in the tournament so far, amassing over 600 runs and five spectacular centuries -- a world record in a single World Cup.

However, the Indian vice-captain has struggled to stamp his authority against New Zealand left-arm seamer Trent Boult. The Kiwi has dismissed Rohit four times in 12 ODIs, giving away a mere 88 runs (from 136 deliveries). Boult even managed to get the Indian opener in the warm-up game, trapping him LBW for 2.

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