New Zealand are currently the table toppers and haven’t lost a single match in this World up tournament so far.
World Cup is the highest of honours a cricketer can achieve in their career. As a matter of fact, it is the dream of every cricketer to represent their country in a World Cup tournament.
Since the inception of World Cups, there have been 11 World Cups played, with the 12th one in progress.
The WC is known for its unpredictable nature and how any team can turn adept and claim the day.
New Zealand is a team that has been dwelling in the shadows but are one of the most consistent sides ever, when it comes to World Cups.
The Kiwi side has made 6 Semi-final appearances so far, along with a Finals appearance in the last edition of the World Cup.
The side has appeared in the Semis of 1975, 1979, 1992, 1999, 2007 and 2011. New Zealand made their first World Cup appearance in the last edition of the World Cup (2015) where they faced the mighty Australia, in a losing cause.
Kiwi Heroes Over the Years
Harris was a Folk Hero for the Kiwis. The all-rounder is considered to be one of the best during his era. With over 4000 runs with the bat and over 200 wickets in 250 ODIs, Harris finished as an all-time great for the Black Caps.
Harris is the 4th highest wicket taker for New Zealand at the World Cups, with 32 Scalps.
He is the first New Zealander to play in 250 ODIs and is also the first Kiwi to pick 200 wickets in ODIs. Harris was a utility player for his side and performed every opportunity he got. He is also the first batsman to score 2000 runs, batting at number 7.
The ex Kiwi captain was considered to be one of the best captains of his time. On October 25th 2006, Fleming over took Arjuna Ranatunga’s record for most number for matches played as a captain (194 then).
Fleming has over 8000 ODI runs and over 7000 in Tests, making him one of the highest runs scorer for his country.
The Blackcaps Captain will always be remembered for his 2007 WC run. Fleming ended up with 353 runs in that tournament with an average of 39.22, making him the highest run scorer for New Zealand.
Fleming is still leading the charts as he has 1075 runs in WCs, making him the most successful Kiwi batsman in the history of World Cups.
Grant David Elliott is a South African born, former New Zealand international cricketer.
The Kiwi Veteran was an allrounder and has scored over 1900 ODI runs and has 39 scalps under his name. Elliot made his debut back in 2008, but what was supposed to a long run; Elliot’s career seemed to have come at a halt before the 2015 World Cup.
With just 5 Tests and 83 ODIs, Elliot ended with a short yet effective career as a Blackcap. Elliot retired from International cricket in the year 2016.
It was the semi-final game against Australia, that made Elliot an over-night star. The right hander smoked an unbeaten 84 to see his side through to their first ever World Cup final. Elliot steered his side to a 4 wicket win over South Africa.
Elliot’s innings is regarded as one of the best innings in the history of World Cups.
Currently, the Kiwis sit right at the top of the table as they go unbeaten in the tournament so far.
All set to make their 7th Semi-final appearance, will the Kiwis strike big this time; or continue their just missed out run? It’ll be all answered as the later half of the tournament when New Zealand take on the bigger sides.