New Zealand young opener Finn Allen feels the prospect of going up in a clash India In the ongoing white ball series is very exciting for him and his team. Allen’s exciting display and ability to push boundaries meant New Zealand preferred to stick with him ahead of veteran opener Martin Guptill.
“It’s huge. We haven’t played them in (T20) Globalism Cup It is exciting to face them in the home series. Unfortunately, there was no play in Wellington, and hopefully we can get some action here. “It’s going to be an exciting series with a huge crowd at the Mount,” Allen said in a pre-game video provided by Prime Video.
Allen showed his batting prowess when he hit a powerful 43 against Australia in the Men’s T20 World Cup in Sydney. He added that getting the necessary role clarity was instrumental in his kicking for New Zealand in white-ball formats.
“One of the things I enjoyed most about joining the group, the clarity of the role that time was given. It makes it easy for me to go out there and bat with the same mindset. I just want to keep playing the same kind of cricket, the same way I’ve been batting.” “.
Allen, 23, feels fortunate to be part of the New Zealand national team as everyone has been so excited about him since his international debut in March 2021. “Actually, it was very easy to get into (the national team). The coaching staff and players were all very welcoming. I don’t feel I’ve already played 31 games for New Zealand. It all happened so quickly, and it’s a great group to be a part of.”
The Indian players in the current squad for the New Zealand tour are no strangers to Allen, who spent IPL 2021 with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). “I know a few of them from the RCB days. Like (Mohammed) Siraj Bolling and Yozi (Yuzvendra) Chahal in my first year there.
“They’ve also got some quality players in there, who can swing it both ways and flip it both ways as well. So, it’s going to be a challenge for us and we definitely need to get up and ready to go off the first ball.”
Earlier, while responding to a question from IANS at a pre-series press conference organized by Prime Video, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson paid tribute to Allen and wished him to continue his rise in international cricket.
“The Finn is a very exciting talent, it was great to see him in the side and express himself. I mentioned that Australian game (New Zealand’s opening game of the T20 World Cup in Sydney) where he made an amazing contribution, and it went a long way as we progressed in the game. That is a real strength of him. It is natural for him in terms of his playing style.”
“Being so young too, you see so much potential and talent and having more cricket under his belt will be more beneficial to nurture that and continue his upward trend as a player. He’s looking forward to this series as well. He certainly goes out with the intention of playing very aggressively and playing his game, he has a lot of conviction The way he wants it to be. It’s been great to see that and I’m sure that will continue.”