New Delhi: It is going to be a clash of titans at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium when Rohit Sharma-lead Indian team will lock horns against Kane’s New Zealand in the first semi-final of ICC World Cup 2023.
In the group stage of the multinational tournament, the men in blue re-created history by beating the Black Caps after 20 years of long gap in the ICC ODI World Cup.
However, stakes are much higher today as knockout games bring a different kind of pressure and when the game is against Bogey team New Zealand, who have always dominated India in knocked clashes, the hosts will have to be more than careful as one wrong step can deny them an entry in the World Cup 2023’s final..
Ahead of this crucial clash against New Zealand, the official Instagram handle of the Indian cricket team, on Wednesday, posted a video featuring undefeated men in blue gearing up for one of the biggest games of their lives.
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The clip captures stills of Indian players including Virat Kohli and skipper Rohit Sharma sweating themselves out in the training nets ahead of the high-octane semi-final clash against New Zealand.
The electrifying video has also pumped up Indian cricket fans who are taking it into the comment section and wishing luck to Rohit and Company for the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup 2023.
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India vs New Zealand’s rivalry in ICC ODI World Cups
So far, in the 48-year-old history of the ODI World Cup, India and New Zealand have met each other 9 times on the field. Out of these 9 clashes, New Zealand has asserted its dominance over the blue team by defeating them 5 times.
On the other hand, India has always struggled in front of the Black Caps and only managed to defeat them thrice 4 times in all editions of the multinational tournament.
Now, with just a few hours left in the intense clash between these two teams, It will be interesting to see if Rohit and Co manage to overcome the knockout curse against New Zealand and get themselves a seat into the finals of the ICC World Cup 2023.