Former captain Brendon McCullum said New Zealand has the firepower to win the World Cup for the first time in its history.
“Some people say underdog but probably they don’t see New Zealand play that often. Broadcast-wise, it (NZ) is not seen as often as some of the other teams and hence it is out of sight out of mind thing,” said McCullum. “The WC historically for New Zealand has always been very, very good. We are second in most wins behind Australia in WC matches.”
The cricketer-turned-commentator felt his former side is gaining in confidence after a fine start and would peak in the semi-finals. Williamson, who replaced McCullum as captain in all three formats in 2016, has led by example with his elegant batting. He produced another masterclass against the West Indies, scoring 148 -- his second successive century.
McCullum said, “He is a magnificent player, turned into a fine leader. He is definitely more of an elegant type of cricketer. He is almost surgeon-like. He is among the most consistent players around. (Joe) Root, (Virat) Kohli and Steve Smith, all of them are quite similar. They are very much batsmen rather than power-hitters.”
McCullum believes the teams currently occupying the top four slots in the standings -- New Zealand, Australia, India and England -- are likely to reach the last 4 stage. “To me, it’s fair to say you are probably looking at England, India, Australia and New Zealand (in the semi-finals). Who will be able to seize that big moment when it does arise? I’m sure New Zealand will be confident it can.”