Renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle has raised concerns about New Zealand’s bowling depth ahead of their World Cup semi-final clash against India at the Wankhede Stadium on November 13.
While praising the pace trio of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and Lockie Ferguson, along with spinner Mitchell Santner, Bhogle questions the absence of a fifth bowler in the Blackcaps’ playing XI.
“Santner is bowling very well, but do they have a fifth bowler?” Bhogle pondered. “That could be a weakness and there are a few holes in that side.”
Bhogle also highlights the potential risk of relying on all-rounders Glenn Phillips and Rachin Ravindra for 10 overs of bowling.
“I think they’re a top-four premiership side,” Bhogle said. “They’re probably an Arsenal under (Arsene) Wenger. Enough to come up to a point, but maybe don’t quite have that X-Factor.”
New Zealand have not secured a victory against the other three semi-finalist teams during the World Cup, but Bhogle believes inspiration could be the missing element.
“So many things have gone wrong for New Zealand since they started the World Cup – especially to their endearing popular captain Kane Williamson – so maybe this is the day it will all come right, who knows.”