New Zealand have been an international cricket team since ages but the only world tournament they've won is the ICC knock out tournament back in 2000. Everytime an all country championship comes along, no opposition rules them out but often ignore the actual danger they posses. Can blackcaps go that couple of miles extra this time? following are 15 cricketers selected to do the job in world cup 2011..
Schedule : World cup 2011.
Daniel Vettori, who recently stepped down as test captain, will continue to the leader in world cup for New Zealand squad. Vettori is one of the best one day bowlers at international cricket these days who's extremely tough to hit around but his batting has improved a lot in last couple of years and he can now make useful runs as well.
Ross Taylor is an underachieving batsman who started his career on a high but is struggling to keep the promises he made. Often given the top slot in batting order, Taylor, who's also captained New Zealand in ODI cricket, often fails to control his aggresive nature which bring about his downfall. Having played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL, Taylor knows sub-continent conditions quite well and Kiwis will be expecting him to play some match winning innings during this 10th world cup.
Jesse Ryder is another talented batsman who can also bowl useful medium pace and is a superb fielder. Ryder has played some solid innings in India before and this world cup should give him the opportunities to shine on the big stage.
Brendon McCullum is the wicket keeper of New Zealand squad but also their most prolific batsman. Brendon opens the innings and takes the counter attacking role which means if he can play out half of overs in any of the match, blackcaps will surely do well. Right handed Martin Guptill who's one among only 5 batsmen to score century on ODI debut, will be the opening partner of McCullum. Guptill is a talented batsman who likes to play staight which is always a good method on placid sub-continent pitches. right handed Jamie how who's a good play of short pitched bowling, is the reserve opener in New Zealand's world cup 2011 squad.
Scott Styris and Jacob Oram are two allrounders blackcaps will have high hopes from during this WC. Styris bowls medium pace cutters while Oram is relatively faster who utilises his height to extract extra bounce but both of them can accelerate innings very well with the bat. if these two can perform upto potential, NZ will do well.
Kane Williamson is a young right handed batsman given an opportunity in cricket's biggest stage although his chances of being included in first eleven are slim.
Luke Woodcock is a vetern from New Zealand's domestic cricket selected specifically cause he can bowl left arm spin other than his left handed stable batting. Woodcock will be an unknown identity for most teams participating in this world cup.
Nathan McCullum, the offspinner, will take up the spin department along with captain Daniel Vettori but he can also score some quick runs lower down the order.
New Zealand pace department will be missing services of experienced Daryl Tuffey but absense of left arm seamer Andy McKay is intriguing. 24 year old Hamish Bennett has been prefered as he can bowl at 140kmph regularly while Kyle Mills will take up the new ball along with Tim Southee and try to swing the white ball at the begining of an innings. James Franklin is left arm medium pace option but his batting has over taken his career and fans will be surprised if he can bowl his quota of overs in any of the matches.