New Zealand is next in line of major teams to suffer an injury blow just ahead of the T20 World Cup. Batting all-rounder Daryl Mitchell has been ruled out of the ongoing New Zealand T20I tri-series with a fractured finger.
With the T20 World Cup just two weeks away, concerns around Mitchell’s participation in the tournament are growing in the NZ camp.
The all-rounder has been a crucial part of the T20 setup for New Zealand in recent times. He was instrumental in the 2021 T20 World Cup campaign where he scored an unbeaten 72 in the semi-final.
Will Daryl Mitchell be in the T20 World Cup squad that travels to Australia?
This is the million-dollar question which does not have a clear answer at the moment. Coach Gary Stead has said that it will take some time for the team management to consider the recovery timeline of the all-rounder.
New Zealand haven’t named a replacement for Mitchell for the T20I tri-series yet. A potential replacement could be the bowling all-rounder Michael Rippon who was part of the T20I squad on the tour of Ireland.
Daryl Mitchell has a strike rate of 141 in T20Is and has scored consistently for the Blackcaps.
While there are many possible names that come up for replacing the all-rounder in the T20 World Cup squad, it will not be easy for NZ to find someone with the same impact.
Who are the potential replacements for Daryl Mitchell in the NZ squad?
Even if New Zealand find a replacement for Daryl Mitchell, whether that player makes it to the playing XI is not certain.
Mitchell fit right there as an opener alongside Martin Guptill. In his absence, Finn Allen or Devon Conway can open the innings for the Blackcaps.
Skipper Kane Williamson has also played the role of opener many times but is more needed in the middle order. As such, the potential replacement for Daryl Mitchell can find a spot in the middle or lower order.
Here are our top picks for players who can be the potential replacements for Daryl Mitchell in the New Zealand squad –
- Scott Kuggeleign, batting all-rounder, Northern Districts
- Cole McConchie, batting all-rounder, Canterbury
- Michael Rippon, bowling all-rounder, Otago
- Hamish Rutherford, right-hand batsman, Otago
What are the major selections in the New Zealand T20 World Cup squad?
There have been some major changes to the New Zealand squad that features in the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Lockie Ferguson, Michael Bracewell, and Finn Allen come in for Kyle Jamieson, Todd Astle, and Tim Seifert
Ferguson had a great season with the IPL 2022 champions, Gujarat Titans and is an asset to the NZ pace bowling arsenal.
Here is the New Zealand T20 World Cup squad without any standby players –
Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Finn Allen, Martin Guptill, Mitchell Santner, Devon Conway, Mark Chapman, Michael Bracewell, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne
Can New Zealand beat Pakistan in the tri-series at home?
New Zealand have won 9 of the 10 T20Is in 2022. They have also been quite successful at home winning all of their T20Is against Bangladesh.
In spite of Daryl Mitchell being left out of the tri-series, New Zealand still have a strong and balanced T20I squad that can deliver on any given day.
- Date: 8th October 2022
- Time: 11:30 AM IST
- Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Pakistan have major concerns with their middle order batting while New Zealand bring in their best pace bowling attack in this match.
With Ferguson, Southee, and Boult, the pressure on Pakistan’s opening duo of Babar and Rizwan will only increase as there is no reliable batter in the middle or lower order.
New Zealand vs Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Tri-series, Betting Tips
There is not much of a difference between the odds for both teams in the winner market.
This is a good sign, as punters can get the best value for their bets on New Zealand who are the perceived favorites.
- Bet on New Zealand to win at 1.80 odds on 22Bet.
- Bet on Martin Guptill to be the winner between him and Babar Azam in the top batsman contest at 2.00 odds.
- Another exciting bet for this match is Mohamamd Rizwan to be the top Pakistan batsman at 2.62 odds.
- The opener has been the most consistent player not only for Pakistan but in the world.