New Zealand has always been the surprise element in recent ICC events. In the last two editions, they reached the finals of the competition. They will be expected to do well again in the 2023 ODI WC. However, they are facing some issues concerning the fitness of some players. Nevertheless, the Kiwis are strong contenders to lift the trophy. On that note, here, we take a look at two New Zealand players who might surprisingly feature in the 2023 ODI World Cup.
1) Kyle Jamieson
Kyle Jamieson has been included in the New Zealand ODI squad for the England series. The tall pacer has been out of action for a while. The Kiwis have a strong pace-bowling contingent comprising the likes of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry and Adam Milne. Yet, Jamieson could get a chance in the squad.
He is someone who can make an impact in big games. His tall frame allows him to extract purchase from the pitch. Moreover, compared to the other pace options, he also offers some value in the batting department. These reasons make him a decent contender to claim a spot in the squad.
2) Tim Seifert
Tim Seifert is one of the New Zealand players who might surprisingly feature in the 2023 ODI World Cup. He has not been in the ODI setup but if he does well in the upcoming T20I games, Seifert could stand a chance to get a spot in the ODI team, as well.
Finn Allen has not been at his best recently. Although New Zealand has other options for becoming Devon Conway’s opening partner, Seifert as an option will also be useful. New Zealand does not need a backup keeper but Seifert could still get an opportunity if things go his way. He has decent experience playing in India and that further helps his case.