New Zealand vs. Canada: SWOT analysis of New Zealand and Canadian batsmen - Part 2
Jesse Ryder is a left-handed one-down batsman with extra-ordinary batting skills in hand. He is an excellent seamer who knows how to manage the situation and how to stabilize the innings if the opening pair fails early. With a score average of 35.28, Ryder
is a precious batting asset of the Kiwis. He has played just one innings in this tournament and scored 25, as he missed the last match against Pakistan.
Now Ryder is likely to put in a good performance and come-back against Canada. His weakness is playing aerial shots that are caught by the fielders. After a long rest, he will have an opportunity to perform well against Canada. His threat may come from Canada’s
medium-pacers, whose loose balls can cause him to take a silly shot and get caught.
Canada’s batting line-up includes Ruvindu Gunasekera, John Davison, Jimmy Hansra and Ashish Bagai.
All the above four players are world class batsmen and possess abundant talent, as many of them have good track records. Davison is the oldest player to play in the ICC World Cup 2011 and has a tremendous amount of experience in county cricket. The skipper
Bagai is a wicket-keeper batsman and Gunasekera is A Young talented left-hand batsman. He is just 19-years-old and possesses extra-ordinary guts of batting. Hansra is also a very classy player. Starting as the number 7 batsman, he has managed to elevate to
the top-order in a very short time. Hansra and Bagai have scored 70 and 64 respectively against Kenya for the winning cause.
There are some faults in Canada’s batting department that do not allow them to flourish. The most obvious problem is the lack of proper training facilities in the Canada Cricket Board. The Canadians have a little taste for the game, so they do not render
so many resources and attention for cricket. Like the other minnows, most of the Canadian players are part-timers and have other businesses or jobs to do alongside the game. The third major problem is the absence of Test cricket experience, as Canada being
an associate-member, does not have ICC Test status.
Playing against New Zealand, the Canadian batsmen will have a little opportunity to thrive, as the Kiwis are intoxicated by their tremendous success against Pakistan and seem to be in good form. The Kiwis’ bowlers like Tim Southee, Hamish Bennett and Kyle
Mills will succeed in ripping through the batting order of the rivals quite easily.
The Canadian batsmen do not match with their Kiwi counterparts, but they will strive hard to wrest the second victory of this tournament for their side. They are likely to be knocked out of the tournament, but they must cash the opportunity of playing against
New Zealand and gain as much experience as possible and learn professional world-standard cricket. If Canada wins this match, they can make a come-back in the tournament and by winning their other two group games the team can finally get rid of the ‘minnow’
It will be interesting to see how Canada approaches their match with New Zealand today. Their lack of experience does not mean that they lack skill, as their players are quite capable of putting in an excellent performance and surprise the Kiwis. Both teams
will be going all out for a victory, as the final group stage is getting near. New Zealand will be looking to put in a dominating performance and send a message to the other teams in the tournament on their intentions to go all the way to the end and bring
home the coveted trophy.