“Man to man, this squad has more world-class players than previous New Zealand teams,” says Sanjay Manjrekar in the WTC final.


Sanjay Manjrekar believes that the current New Zealand team is the greatest the country has ever had. In the past, the Kiwi teams featured two or three world-class cricketers surrounded by players who were just about international grade, according to the former Indian batter.

However, Manjrekar believes that the current New Zealand team has covered all of their bases. In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, he said:

“New Zealand always had 2-3 players touching sort of greatness. But the others were just about international standards. Struggled in conditions that didn’t suit them. They had their struggles in India, sometimes when they went to Australia. When you look at man to man, this particular team has more world class players in one team than the Kiwi teams of the past.”

Manjrekar went on to say that every player in the current New Zealand team has a top-class international cricket record:

“I looked at the records of Tom Latham – good record at Test level. Conway – a great start to his Test career. Kane Williamson – a modern day great. Ross Taylor – plenty of experience. He’s also somebody who has a good record. Henry Nicholls – averages in the 40s. You’ve got BJ Watling – averages in the mid-30s as a ‘keeper. Then you have Kyle Jamieson and that kind of a bowling attack.”

“We don’t always have all the stars, and we saw that in this match” – New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson

The New Zealand captain lauded his entire team for making crucial contributions in the WTC final. For the Kiwis, Kyle Jamieson stood out, taking a fifer in the first innings before dismissing Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in the second to put the game out of reach.

At the post-match presentation ceremony, Kane Williamson said:

“We don’t always have all the stars, and we saw that in this match. We saw so much heart and commitment. We know how strong the Indian side is, in all conditions. It’s a fickle game, in a one-off final. It ebbed and flowed, no one really had the upper hand for six days, and I’m happy we’re on the right side of it.”

New Zealand’s tour of England has come to a successful conclusion. They won the two-match series against the host nation 1-0 and followed that up with a victory over India in the WTC final.

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