RCI St. Lucia
posted on March 20, 2015 10:11
Former West Indies captain Sir Viv Richards believes West Indies can upset co-hosts New Zealand when they meet tonight in the quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Sir Viv says it is his belief that form goes out of the window at this juncture and luck plays a crucial part. You can come to the quarter-finals with a hundred-percent win record but one bad day is enough to knock you out of the tournament.
New Zealand will most certainly start as favourites when the game gets underway in Wellington. They will get a lot of support and I expect a lot of home fans to turn up. They are the in-form team of the tournament, have won all their games in the pool stage and are one of the favourites.
But West Indies have nothing to fear.
They did not have a great start to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and no one could have predicted that they would be here at this stage. It can even be said that they have been lucky enough to make it to the quarter-finals. They have had good days and bad days so far, but irrespective of their form, they shouldn’t be in awe of New Zealand’s record in the group stage.
It all comes down to what happens on the match-day’s evening.
As such, I believe that West Indies have it in them to upset the co-hosts. Not many will give them this chance, but I think they have been on a decent run off-late. And they have one or two good matches left in them. They have the batting personnel to do it on any given day and their bowling has improved dramatically over the course of last two-three matches.
Regardless of how New Zealand have played then, I believe West Indies can turn round the corner and deliver that one bad match for the Black Caps.