Kiwi cricket is going through a transitional period. Lot will depend on experience guys like Styris, Mccullum, and Taylor to bat well and they'll also require Vettori's all round performances. Chris Martin did well against India & also youngster Kane williamson. But they are famous for choking in pressure situation. It'll require both talent together with a good game plan to overcome the Quarter final barrier.
Captain: Brendon McCullum
Prior to being awarded the captaincy in late 2012, the perception of the extra-aggressive batsman was as the ultimate individual, playing the way he wanted rather than what the team needed. Since then, the shift towards a 'team first' focus has stemmed from the top down with McCullum's actions speaking louder than his words.
Coach: Mike Hesson
A surprise selection, Hesson's first big decision polarised the country with the handling of Ross Taylor's replacement as captain bungled by team management and New Zealand Cricket administrators. The analytical Hesson, however, has quietly overseen a change in team culture that permeates into greater consistency on the field and is winning back the support of a fickle New Zealand public, while most of his 'left field' selections are justifying his faith in them.
- Key batsmen: Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum
- Key bowlers: Tim Southee and Daniel Vettori
- The best among the major sides to absorb pressure.
- Third best Strike Rate amongst all teams.
- Third best Economy amongst all teams.
- The best batting depth amongst all teams.
- Consistent career performers.
- Lack of big match-winners.
- Like India, wicket-taking bowling is not their strength, but high Economy may help make up for that.