#CricketInNumbers: Key statistics, records of NZ in the World Cup
The ICC World Cup 2019 will start from May 30 onwards, in England and Wales. Notably, New Zealand suffered a defeat in the final of the 2015 edition of the event. They were beaten by five-time champions Australia. The Kiwis go into this year's World Cup as a side that can go the distance. We look at New Zealand's statistics, records in this event.
How have New Zealand fared in ICC World Cup events?
New Zealand crashed out of the round-robin stage on two occasions (1983 and 1987). They had finished fifth and sixth respectively. They reached the Super Sixes in 2003. The Kiwis have been six-time semi-finalists (1975, 1979, 1992, 1999, 2007 and 2011). New Zealand were eliminated from the quarters on one occasion (1996). They reached the final during the ICC World Cup 2015.
New Zealand's highest and lowest World Cup scores
New Zealand's highest ever innings score in the World Cup came in 2015, when they amassed 393/6 against West Indies in Wellington. Their lowest total came against Australia at Port Elizabeth in 2003 (112).
Guptill and Southee hold individual records
Martin Guptill (237* versus West Indies, 2015) has the highest individual score by a New Zealand batsman. Interestingly, this is also the highest score recorded by any batsman in the World Cup. Fast bowler Tim Southee (7/33 versus England, 2015) produced the best bowling figures in an innings. It is also the third best individual bowling performance in the coveted event.
Oram, Vettori and Fleming had enormous success
Daniel Vettori picked 36 wickets for New Zealand in the World Cup. Besides Vettori, medium-pacer Jacob Oram also took the same number of scalps. Both players feature in the top 10 list of the most successful bowlers. Legend Stephen Fleming scored 1,075 runs in 33 World Cup matches. He sits on 12th spot in the list of the most runs scored by a batsman.
Some other massive records held by New Zealand cricketers
Fleming, Scott Styris and Guptill have all scored two hundreds for New Zealand in the World Cup. Martin Crowe amassed eight fifties for the Black Caps in the World Cup. He played 21 matches. Brendon McCullum has the joint-third highest dismissals recorded by a wicket-keeper (32). All-rounder Chris Cairns took 16 catches for the Kiwis in the World Cup.
Key issues facing New Zealand and our prediction
New Zealand go into the World Cup facing issues with their batting line-up. Their openers have been in woeful form since quite sometime. In the last 15 ODIs, they have only added 180 runs. Also the batting is too dependent on Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. If they solve the problems, then one can expect the Kiwis to reach the semi-final stage.