T20 World Cup 2021: New Zealand’s strongest predicted playing XI for the tournament

T20 World Cup 2021: New Zealand’s strongest predicted playing XI for the tournament

Kane Williamson is all set to lead the Kiwis in yet another ICC Tournament.

New Zealand
New Zealand. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Cricket fans across the globe have been patiently waiting for the ICC T20 World Cup to commence. With all the preparations around, every team would feel that they have a chance to win the T20 WC this time around. However, if there is one team that would enter the tournament as the “Dark Horses” then it would be New Zealand.

The Kiwis have always been more of the silent assassins. They silently win matches without creating a fuss. However, can they win their maiden T20 WC this time?

If one looks at their resources, they would give New Zealand a pretty good chance to win the tournament. They have a good mix of youngsters as well as veterans. So what would be their ideal playing XI for T20Is mega carnival?

Here is New Zealand’s Predicted Playing XI for T20 WC 2021:

1. Martin Guptill

Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill. (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)

The veteran has been New Zealand’s opener for more than a decade now. He also happens to be the most experienced Kiwi in the side. This might be Martin Guptill‘s last T20 WC and thus, he would want to make it a memorable one for him as well as his country.

The Kiwi opener is an absolute legend in this format of the game. He has scored the most number of runs by a Kiwi player in the history of T20I cricket. Only Virat Kohli has scored more runs than him in the shortest format of the game.

Guptill has scored 2939 runs in 102 T20I games. His batting average and strike rate are 32.3 and 136.82 respectively. He has managed to score 17 T20I fifties and two T20I hundreds.