New Delhi. New Zealand took revenge on England in the 2019 World Cup final (NZ vs ENG T20 World Cup Semifinal). The Kiwi team defeated England in the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup by 6 balls and 5 wickets. With this victory only New Zealand reached the World Cup final. Where, he will face the winning team of the second semi-final between Australia and Pakistan. New Zealand’s winning hero is Daryl Mitchell. He played the biggest innings of his career in the semi-finals. Mitchell flexed 4 runs unbeaten in 47 ball with the help of 42 sixes and 72 squares. This is their first fifty in the T20.
This one innings has made Mitchell the star of New Zealand overnight and brought the Kiwi team to the threshold of becoming the T20 World Champion. Interestingly, Mitchell was inducted into the central contract by the New Zealand Cricket Board for the first time in May of this year. Few people know that Daryl Mitchell’s father, John Mitchell, has played rugby for New Zealand and has been a coach.
Mitchell also lived in a rugby environment since childhood and trained with New Zealand’s big rugby players. However, he always had to be a cricketer. Mitchell got the chance to join his school rugby team at the age of 18. But he chose cricket and since then, Mitchell’s life has changed.
Mitchell made a Test debut in 2019
Mitchell replaced Collin Di Grandholm, who was injured in 2019, in the New Zealand Test squad. He expressed his intentions by scoring 73 runs in the first innings of the test. He also bowled well in this match. Soon, he got a spot in New Zealand’s T20 team for his outstanding performance in domestic cricket. Mitchell emerged as a big match finisher in New Zealand’s domestic cricket tournament Super Smash. No batsman has killed more than six of them in the last 5 years in domestic cricket.
Mitchell opened the T20 World Cup for the first time
Mitchell was not the first choice for the T20 World Cup. Colin Di Grandholm dropped out of the 2020-21 domestic season due to injury. Being an all-rounder, Daryl managed to make his place in the T20 World Cup squad. In the early stages of his career, Mitchell used to bat in the middle order. But for the T20 World Cup, he was given a new responsibility by the Kiwi team. Mitchell was the first to appear in the World Cup as an opener. He made 27 runs against Pakistan in the very first match and proved the correctness of the New Zealand team management’s decision.
Father witnessed Daryl’s historic shift
Subsequently, Mitchell won New Zealand by scoring 49 runs against India. He also started well against Scotland, Namibia and Afghanistan. But quickly dropped out. But when the turn of the biggest match came, Mitchell gave the biggest innings Game of his T20 career. He scored 49 runs unbeaten in 72 balls and his team reached the final of the T20 World Cup.
Father Daryl himself witnessed this historic shift. He had come to Abu Dhabi to watch this special match from New Zealand and the son also gave a happy opportunity to the father and millions of New Zealand cricket fans.