The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has reached its business end as the top four teams will compete with each other for global supremacy and earn the right to be called 'World Champions' for the next four years.
Team India will be locking horns against New Zealand in the first semi-final at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday. The fans were earlier deprived of a contest between these two teams in the league stages as the match was washed away due to rain.
Ahead of this blockbuster knockout contest, veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor came forward to share his thoughts about the game. Taylor has represented New Zealand in four World Cups. He was a part of the squad that faltered at the semi-finals twice in 2007 and 2011 and finished as the beaten finalists in 2015.
The 35-year-old revealed the bowler whom he considers as a threat. Any guesses? He is none other than Jasprit Bumrah. Yes, you have heard it right. Taylor says that the pacer can make use of his slight angle and that his ball scoots in quite sharply into the right-handers before going on to add that Bumrah is a dangerous bowler.
Taylor also added that like other good bowlers, even Bumrah should be respected during his spell. The veteran batsman also mentioned that India had other world-class players as well. He also had high regards for the Men In Blue's spin options and also wondered what their options were going to be. The 35-year-old also appreciated Ravindra Jadeja who was impressive during the last game against Sri Lanka.
The video of Ross Taylor' s interview was posted by the BlackCaps on their official Twitter handle. Watch the video here.
The stylish Kiwi batsman also said that he hopes to see some New Zealand flags despite the ground being turned into a sea of Blue in Manchester.
India will be eyeing their third World Cup crown. They had won the coveted trophy twice, once in 1983 and then in 2011. Meanwhile, the BlackCaps will be eyeing their maiden World title. They had finished as the runners-up in the 2015 edition.