The Black Caps were of course very unlucky beaten finalists at the 2019 ODI World Cup. They also recently won the inaugural World Test Championship.

Different format of course but it does show this is a team who is no longer prepared to just make up the numbers and be content with the odd semi-final appearance.

On the flip side, two semi-final appearances at the T20 World Cup is as good as it’s got for New Zealand at T20 World Cups, losing to Pakistan in 2007 and England in 2016, both of whom went on to lose the final themselves.

They’re currently ranked 4th in the ICC T20I rankings and as ever, will have an extremely competitive side well led by the inimitable Kane Williamson: all-around nice guy, innovative captain, and run machine.

New Zealand World Cup odds

They’re the fifth favorite for the 2021 T20 World Cup with New Zealand World Cup odds currently at 6.00 with Betway. So, if you’re interested in New Zealand World Cup betting, you know what odds you can back them at to go all the way.

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New Zealand World Cup Betting: Players to watch

Kane Williamson In truth Williamson shouldn’t really be a T20 player at all. He doesn’t hit many sixes and he’s a classic run accumulator rather than boundary hitter. But when you’re as good as he is, you make it work and he’s made a fine career out of playing the anchor role as an opener or number three who looks to be there for as long as possible. Also, a very popular and inventive captain and one of the best fielders in the world.

Lockie Ferguson – Many feel that in the UAE it will be all about the spinners on those turning pitches. But in any form of cricket, there’s always a place for raw pace. And Ferguson is one of the quickest around, something that will always trouble opposition batsmen. He is however an injury-prone player which is why perhaps he hasn’t kicked on like he would have liked. But he’s fresh from a fine season with KKR in the IPL and has good knowledge of these UAE conditions.

Jimmy Neesham – Every team needs one. The all-rounder who can come in and bowl between two and four overs in a game based on the conditions and bats at six or seven, occasionally winning matches under pressure with the bat. In New Zealand’s case, it’s Jimmy Neesham, who for good measure is also a fine fielder. He’s there to provide balance and will have a big role to play in all three disciplines.

New Zealand Squad & Schedule

Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.

Reserves: Adam Milne.

New Zealand – Super12, Group 2

Matches

26 Oct – v Pakistan

31 Oct – v India

3 Nov – v B1

5 Nov – v A2

7 Nov – v Afghanistan

Prediction for New Zealand at T20 World Cup 2021

So, what do we make of New Zealand World Cup odds of 6.00?

Well, ‘on paper’ they don’t quite appear to be blessed with the sort of talent that the likes of England or India have in this format.  Just as an example, only really Kane Williamson and Trent Boult are regular performers in the IPL, with the likes of Jimmy Neesham and Kyle Jamieson in and out of their teams.

But of course, cricket isn’t played on paper. They’ve shown time and time again that they can perform much better than what their resources would suggest and, in this regard, Williamson is essential in getting the most out of his players.

What they did well at the last World Cup was realize the importance of spin and make some tough decisions based on that with Trent Boult and Tim Southee often left out in favor of the twirlers.

It would be a bit of a surprise if they went and won it but it would be no surprise if they made the semis or the final. So check out the New Zealand World Cup odds on them falling just short.

New Zealand’s history at Previous T20 World Cups

Under Daniel Vettori, New Zealand had a really good side in 2007 including Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, and pace bowler Shane Bond.

They were good in the Group Stages but only posted 143 against Pakistan in the semi, who chased that total with ease.

In 2016 they were excellent in the Group Stages, beating India and Australia. But just like in 2007, they had an off day with the bat in the semi after batting first. 153 was never enough against England’s potent batting line-up and so it proved.

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