India defeat would not derail New Zealand World Cup bid, says Vettori
Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori described the Black Caps' next World Cup game against Virat Kohli's India as "massive" but said they would not be defined by the result. The fourth-ranked Kiwis are top of the 10-team points table with three wins in as many games. Hosts England, India, and Australia all have four points. New Zealand, runners-up at the 2015 World Cup, have beaten Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the round-robin phase to put themselves in pole position for a semi-final spot.
"Three wins from three is a major confidence boost for New Zealand but the next game against India is simply massive," Vettori wrote in a column for the International Cricket Council. "You know that matches against India are going to have a great atmosphere and be a real pressure situation," he added. "India are perhaps the best team in the world and it's exciting to play in front of a big-match crowd that is so into the game and so passionate about cricket."
Kohli's team beat defending champions Australia by 36 runs in front of thousands of India fans at the Oval on Sunday to make it two wins out of two.
Vetorri said the New Zealand players would have to deal with vociferous backing for the Indian side at Trent Bridge on Thursday.