Michael Atherton says “They are, without a doubt, the best squad in all formats” in T20 World Cup 2021. After defeating Eoin Morgan in the semi-final, Atherton hailed New Zealand. Atherton praised the Kiwis as the best all-around side in the competition currently now and congratulated them. New Zealand has given themselves a shot at lifting. In their first T20 World Cup this year. Williamson beat an in-form England in Abu Dhabi by five wickets in a nail-biter. Also, they will either play Pakistan or Australia in the decider in Dubai. In an interview with Sky Sports, Atherton said New Zealand has proved itself to be a highly consistent side. It has across formats in the last two years.
“They are an outstanding team, in all formats of the game really. They are through to another World Cup final, they were a sliver away from winning the last World Cup in 2019, they are the World Test Championship winners. Across formats, you would have to say they are the strongest team at the moment so congratulations to them, a fantastic achievement with limited resources in terms of personnel and money and things that we’ve often talked about,” Michael Atherton said.
The Black Caps
The Black Caps have an unusual chance of winning. In two ICC trophies in the same year. New Zealand chased down a stiff score of 167. Also, thanks to Daryl Mitchell’s unbeaten 72 after starting slowly. And then James Neesham’s 11-ball 27 was crucial in getting them ahead in the game. Also, Atherton felt that England had the upper hand in the second innings. However, he admitted Neesham’s innings turned the game on its head.
“Lastly, it just changed so quickly tonight. For a long time in that chase, I thought England was ahead of the game. The pitch looked two-paced and sluggish, no one really got going and suddenly Neesham comes out and changed that game with some fantastic hitting. I’m going with Pakistan, I think they have got the best and most varied attack in this competition,” Michael Atherton said.