In response to questions about India’s history against New Zealand in World Cups, Ravi Shastri dismissed concerns about the previous loss in 2019. He emphasized that the past defeat was water under the bridge and highlighted that India had already beaten New Zealand in the current World Cup. Shastri expressed confidence that India would dominate New Zealand in their upcoming semi-final fixture.

Shastri stated on Star Sports, “It’s water under the bridge. Why does India have to look back on that loss? We’ve already beaten them in this World Cup. To hell with that.”

Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar, sharing his views on the same show, praised the current Indian team, describing them as a well-rounded unit with no apparent weaknesses. Manjrekar acknowledged that while India was performing well in the previous tournament, things went wrong on a specific day. However, he highlighted the strength of the current Indian team, emphasizing that things are different now.

India had previously defeated New Zealand in Dharamsala on October 22, with Mohammed Shami earning the player of the match for his outstanding performance, taking 5 wickets for 54 runs in 10 overs. Shami, initially called up due to Hardik Pandya’s injury, has since become a key player in the Indian lineup, proving to be the most lethal bowler in the tournament.

In that particular match, batters Daryl Mitchell and Rachin Ravindra performed well for New Zealand, scoring 130 and 75, respectively. For India, Virat Kohli played a crucial role, anchoring the innings with 95 off 104 balls, while Jadeja contributed with 39 off 44, helping India secure victory.

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