The much-awaited clash between West Indies and New Zealand has already started. All the West Indies players who were in isolation have completed their COVID tests and are back with the squad.
Ross Taylor has quite an outstanding record against West Indies in T20Is. The veteran has scored 254 runs in just 8 matches against West Indies. With an impressive strike rate of 121.53, Taylor would be a pivotal part of the New Zealand batting lineup. Taylor is also only 4 appearances shy from becoming New Zealand’s most capped player in all 3 formats.
New Zealand’s explosive wicket-keeper batsman boasts an impressive record in the T20I format. Scoring 457 runs in 24 matches with a strike rate of 137.96, Seifert can surely run riot when he’s in the mood. He also boasts an average of 31, which is quite tremendous considering the format.
Ferguson is one bowler WI will want to be aware of. The bowler picked up 6 wickets in 5 matches for KKR. For his country, Ferguson has bagged 14 wickets from just 8 T20I matches. An extremely fast seam bowler, Ferguson can exploit the WI batsmen if he bowls how he did in IPL.
Fletcher has hit the most runs against New Zealand in the T20I format considering the current WI squad. Fletcher has scored 250 runs for WI in just 6 matches against NZ. With a strike rate of 121.25, he might turn the tables in WI’s favor. Fletcher also has a decent CPL, in which he scored 211 runs in total.
Everyone got a glimpse of Pooran’s hard-hitting this season in IPL 2020. Scoring 353 runs this season, Pooran was on fire and was unplayable at times. With 25 sixes, Pooran finished as the 3rd highest six-hitter in the season. WI’s middle order of Pollard, Hetmyer, and Pooran could dismantle the New Zealand bowlers if not dealt with.
In his T20I career, Cottrell has picked 36 wickets in 27 games. Although Cottrell got off to a decent start in IPL 2020, his performance deteriorated in the latter half of the season. Even though Cottrell had an average IPL season, he could be the game-changer for WI with his ability to bring the ball at a right-handed batsman from over the stumps.