T20 World Cup 2024: SHOCKING! New Zealand Knocked Out from Group Stage

The T20 World Cup 2024 will be one tournament New Zealand would want to forget in a hurry. New Zealand was the first to announce their squad for this competition but fail to progress from its group. 

Their shocking exit comes on the back of two successive defeats and lacklustre performances overall. Strong performances from group teams like Afghanistan and the West Indies also contributed to New Zealand’s early exit.

How Did New Zealand Fail to Advance from the T20 WC 2024 Group Stage?

versus Afghanistan

New Zealand compounded their T20 WC 2024 campaign after starting off with a shock loss. The Kiwis suffered a heavy defeat versus an obviously underrated Afghanistan side. Afghan cricketers made history versus N. Zealand on the night, registering a convincing 84-run win over their opponents.

New Zealand’s fielding strategy exposed them to several poor responses during Afghanistan’s attack. The Afghans doubled their efforts to stem any Kiwi advance with some skilful bowling throughout overs. Afghanistan’s cricket team handed New Zealand their heaviest defeat so far at the tournament. The win spelled serious trouble for Kiwi fans and players as they went into the next game.

versus The West Indies

The West Indies are co-hosts and bank on more than home advantage against opposing teams in this competition. Maximum points from three games so far (including vs. New Zealand) signals the Windies are in it to win it.

The Windies faced off against New Zealand in a hotly-contested encounter and ran out 13-run winners. New Zealand cricketers were left to rue mistakes in their bowling setup against a charged West Indies batting line.

Another loss to the West Indies cemented New Zealand’s group stage exit after Afghanistan eked another victory versus Papua New Guinea. Afghanistan’s win over Papua New Guinea confirmed the Kiwis exit from this year’s T20 WC.

Losing two fixtures against Afghanistan and the Windies mean they won’t progress any further in this competition. Wins against Papua New Guinea and Uganda (scheduled for June 17, 2024) will make no difference.

Is This the First Time New Zealand Crash Out of the T20 WC?

New Zealand never failed to advance from T20 WC group stages – until now. This marks the first group stage exit for such a highly-rated team since their first appearance in T20 WCs. Many analysts predicted smooth sailing for New Zealand in a group that included Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, Uganda, and the West Indies.

However, repeat poor performances confirmed their early exit from the T20 WC 2024 with two games left to play. This exit compounds New Zealand’s woes as they look to rebuild their squad. The Kiwis continue to deal with poor performances after an abysmal ICC ODI WC 2023 appearance.

Why is New Zealand’s T20 WC 2024 Exit So Shocking?

New Zealand is on record as one of T20 cricket’s strongest teams. Teams from this country over time have built a reputation of consistent, competitive cricket in different tournaments. The team managed to reach six straight semi-finals in T20 and ODI World Cups between 2015 and 2023.

Fans were expecting another semi-final berth for New Zealand before their abysmal showing in this competition. Commentators were quick to label the drop in form as an ending era in New Zealand cricket.

Veterans in the squad like Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Kane Williamson helped sustain strong Kiwi performances in recent years. However, the shock at this tournament casts a shadow over their consistent outings in previous internationals.  

What Does Kane Williamson Have to Say about New Zealand’s Outing at the T20 WC?

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has had a WC to forget so far with repeat poor performances. An aging New Zealand squad sees commentators question selection strategies within the team. Williamson dismisses a wipe-out of the current squad

Williamson has always been critical of New Zealand’s performances throughout their 2024 T20 WC campaign. The skipper lampooned his team’s fielding when they suffered a shock defeat against Afghanistan:

Our fielding was a let-down, particularly in the first 10 overs, we had our chances and we didn’t use them. We didn’t take our opportunities and it goes a long way in changing the outcome of the match. Once they had a score, their bowlers executed their skills well,”

New Zealand T20 WC 2024 Full Squad

Kane Williamson (c), Ben Sears, Daryl Mitchell, Devon Conway, Finn Allen, Glenn Phillips, Ish Sodhi, Jimmy Neesham, Lockie Ferguson, Mark Chapman, Matt Henry, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Rachin Ravindra, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

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