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New Zealand ‘Happy’ to be underdogs: Lockie Ferguson



New Zealand 'Happy' to be underdogs Lockie Ferguson

With a day to count on from now, New Zealand will face India in yet another semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup.

The subcontinent giants India have been running in superb form and reached into the top four as group champions.

But the Kiwi’s head coach Gary Stead and quick Lockie Ferguson said on Sunday that New Zealand are quite at ‘peace’ being rated as the underdogs ahead of the monumental clash in the mega event.

“I’m not spending a lot of time worrying about what other people are thinking, whether we should be here or not,” Stead told reporters at Old Trafford.

“India are a quality team, there’s no doubt. They’ve got match-winners right throughout their lineup. I said right from the very start whoever we play, we going to have to be somewhere near our very best to beat.

It can be noted that New Zealand are yet to lift the prestigious Cricket World Cup till to date.

Stead further said, “That’s the excitement, that’s the challenge in front of us. Hopefully you’ll see what Kiwis are made of out there as well, that ‘no-die’ attitude and I guess stand up when we need to.”

On the other hand, Kiwi quick Lockie Ferguson also felt the underdog status suited his side.

“I guess in World Cups obviously big games get pumped up and where we stand is the fourth going into the semi-finals so naturally I guess they back India,” Ferguson said.

“But as New Zealanders we are often the underdogs and I guess that’s a position we like to be in… it’s knockout cricket now so it’s all on Tuesday and the better team will go through,” he added.

The runners-up of 2015 leaped into the semifinals of the World Cup as the fourth team on the basis of net run-rate after losing their last three league games against Pakistan, Australia and England.

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