Mumbai: New Zealand are set to face India in the 1st semi-final of the 2023 ODI World Cup, marking a rematch of their 2019 encounter, the team they defeated in the 2019 edition to reach the final.
Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, who played a crucial role in the rain-affected semifinal four years ago, reflected on the victory, acknowledging the extraordinary nature of the game and the pleasure it brought to the team. However, he pointed out the significant changes both teams have undergone since then.
Despite the changes, Ferguson highlighted the Kiwis’ consistent success in men’s white-ball competitions, reaching the semifinals of their fifth consecutive World Cup. He credited the team’s level mindset and commitment to their processes for this consistency, attributing it to the Kiwi mentality.
New Zealand’s campaign in the 2023 World Cup has faced challenges, with injuries affecting key players and a recent loss. Despite these setbacks, Ferguson expressed confidence in the team’s capabilities, highlighting the experience that Tim Southee brings to the side.
Acknowledging the ups and downs of the team’s campaign, Ferguson stated that New Zealand aims to regroup and put their best foot forward in the semifinal, acknowledging the support from fans and the unique atmosphere of the tournament being held in India.