It was expected that countries would start naming their squads for the upcoming World Cup in April. New Zealand have become the first team to do so, with a couple of surprise names in the fray. So here are the top three things that we learned from New Zealand’s World Cup Squad Announcement:
1) Brilliant Blundell
Tom Blundell was the biggest surprise when the Kiwi squad was announced. He is yet to play an ODI for the Kiwis, and it was thought that his inexperience would make him hard to pick. However, the selectors have chosen to take a punt on him and they will be hopeful that he performs on the biggest stage.
2) Unlucky Siefert
It was expected that Tim Siefert would be a part of the team as the reserve wicketkeeper. He has played quite a lot of ODI cricket in recent times. There were rumours of him being injured as well. However, it has been clarified that he has not been selected in the squad. This must come as a major disappointment to the youngster.
3) Sodhi Makes The Cut
Ish Sodhi was a major doubt for the World Cup squad due to his uncertain performances in recent times. He has tended to do well in patches, but the selectors have shown their faith and chosen him in the squad. The Kiwis will be hopeful that Sodhi can show his class in England and help them in reaching the knockout stages.
To sum up, the New Zealand squad seems to have most bases covered. As is the case with the Kiwis in most tournaments, they are expected to be the dark horses and they could surprise a few teams along the way!