ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup: NZ vs NED: Top 5 key players to watch out for

Top 5 key players to watch out for

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is underway across the length and breadth of India, as the top 10 international teams are battling it out for the ultimate glory. So far, we have witnessed an exciting brand of cricket being played in the first 5 matches of the tournament.

Match no.6 will be no different as consistent New Zealand takes on the ever-improving Netherlands at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

As the two teams battle it out in the heat of Hyderabad, let us look at the top 5 key players to watch out for in today’s encounter. You can also check out the New Zealand vs Netherlands match prediction. New Zealand is coming off an impressive win against defending champions England while the Netherlands faced a defeat at the hands of Pakistan but has a lot of positives to draw.

Top 5 key players to watch out for

1. Devon Conway

Devon Conway
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New Zealand opener, Devon Conway will surely attract a lot of eyes after his emphatic performance against England in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup opener at Ahmedabad. On the back of his dominating performance at the top, New Zealand edged passed England’s target of 283 with 9 wickets remaining.
Conway led the New Zealand batting from the top as he scored an unbeaten 151 runs from 121 balls. His marathon innings completely demolished the England bowling and included 19 fours and 3 sixes with a strike rate of 125.62. Conway’s ability to provide a strong start at the top makes him a dangerous player at the top and it will be something that the Netherlands will be aware of.

2. Rachin Ravindra

Rachin Ravindra
Young sensation Rachin Ravindra celebrating after his maiden WC ton (Image courtesy of X ‘formerly twitter’)

The elegantly pleasing Rachin Ravindra has certainly made his name at the highest stage, as he displayed a stellar performance with the bat in the opening night of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 against England. His 273-run partnership with Devon Conway paved the way for New Zealand’s famous victory on the 5th of October at Ahmedabad.
The elegant left-hander displayed his tremendous ability to perform under pressure which was evident in his decisive shot-making ability. Rachin played a memorable innings of 123 not out in his World Cup debut and became the youngest man to do so. He will certainly one of the key players for New Zealand in today’s fixture against the Netherlands.

3. Vikramjit Singh

Vikramjit Singh
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Netherlands opener Vikramjit Singh showed a lot of promise with the bat against a top-quality Pakistan bowling line-up. His calm, composed nature in the run-chase was extremely impressive and something that the Netherlands can rely on going ahead in the tournament.
He brought up his career’s 2nd half-century and probably the most valuable one as it came against a strong Pakistani bowling attack. Vikramjit scored 52 runs from 67 balls with 4 fours and a six. He will take guard against New Zealand today and a lot will rest on his shoulders.

4. Bas de Leede

Bas de Leede
Can Bas de Leede leave a mark in today’s match vs NZ? (Image courtesy of X ‘formerly twitter’)

All-rounder Bas de Leede was probably the brightest prospect for the Netherlands in their previous match against Pakistan. He exhibited tremendous ability with both bat and ball with a fighting attitude. First, he bowled a remarkable spell of 4/62 that did not allow Pakistan to dictate terms with the bat.
Later on, de Leede displayed his true all-round abilities by scoring an inning of 67 runs in just 68 balls and was looking dangerous in the middle. His outright abilities with both bat and ball make de Leede a complete team man and will be one among the other key players to watch out for in today’s match against New Zealand if the Netherlands is to induce an upset.

5. Mitchell Santner

Mitchell Santner
Can Mitchell Santner spin a web around the Dutch? (Image courtesy of X ‘formerly Twitter’)

Next up is Blackcaps all-rounder Mitchell Santner who was very clinical in the previous night against England. His controlled bowling sustained the hard-hitting English batsmen and did not give away any freebies for them to settle. The left-arm spin bowler exhibited extreme control over his line and length and varied his pace which kept the English batsmen guessing.

Santner’s economical bowling induced 2 wickets under his belt conceding only 37 runs from his full quota of 10 overs. Considering the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 happening in India, Santner’s left-arm spin bowling abilities will be crucial for New Zealand’s prospects on turning tracks. He will surely one of the key players to watch out for.

Conclusion

New Zealand will start as favorites against the Netherlands at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The Kiwis will look to carry forward their momentum as the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 progresses. They have an experienced set of players who have played in Indian conditions which will be vital. New Zealand’s premier player and captain Kane Williamson is expected to return after missing out on the first match due to injury. However, the Netherlands have been able to show the talent and skill set that their players possess. If the Dutch can bat well, then who knows what we might be up for.

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