Rahul Dravid Confident as India Faces New Zealand in 2023 World Cup Semifinal Rematch

As India stands on the brink of another World Cup semifinal, the team feels like they’ve been here before with New Zealand once again posing the hurdle to the final. Reflecting on the 2019 campaign, where India, led by Virat Kohli, finished at the top of the points table but faltered in the crucial world cup semifinal against the Kiwis, coach Rahul Dravid acknowledges the weight of the upcoming clash.

In 2019, just a short period of poor cricket performance shattered India’s dreams in the semifinal in Manchester. Fast forward four years, and India, having secured nine consecutive wins in the league stage, face a familiar adversary in New Zealand for a spot in the final. Despite historical challenges in World Cup semifinals, with only three qualifications in seven attempts, Dravid expresses confidence in India’s ability to overcome the Blackcaps, especially after an impressive showing in the league stage.

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IND vs NED Match, World Cup 2023

Speaking to Star Sports after India’s convincing 160-run win against the Netherlands, Dravid conveys that the upcoming semifinal is not just “another game” and acknowledges the inherent pressure. He emphasizes the authenticity of recognizing the significance of the knockout encounter, stating that while the processes won’t change, the team understands the weight of the moment.

Dravid highlights the team’s ability to handle pressure, drawing confidence from their previous responses. He insists on maintaining the existing processes and preparation methods for the crucial game against New Zealand. Expressing confidence in the team’s current vibe and energy, Dravid underscores the importance of staying in the present, planning meticulously, preparing thoroughly, and focusing on playing a good game of cricket. As India braces for the rematch against New Zealand in the Mumbai world cup semifinal, Dravid’s assurance and strategic approach aim to guide the team to a successful outcome.

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