Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull has showered praise on all-rounder Daryl Mitchell likening him to former India captain MS Dhoni after he paced the run chase brilliantly against England to take Kiwis to the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 finals.
Mitchell had a rusty start but soon found his rhythm back during the 82-run stand for the third wicket alongside Devon Conway. Once Conway was out, Daryl Mitchell took the driver’s seal to chase down the total with one over to spare.
What a knock this has been from Daryl Mitchell👏👏👏 #ENGvsNZ
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) November 10, 2021
Simon Doull credited the 30-year-old cricketer for taking the game deep and ensuring that the Kiwis go over the line convincingly.
“The great MS Dhoni, the great finisher once said to me that the longer you bat the deeper you take the game, the more worried is the opposition and its bowlers,” Doull said on air during the commentary.
“That is what Daryl Mitchell has done here tonight. He saw the first two New Zealand wickets go down cheaply but ensured he batted through, and here is taking his team closer to a place in the final,” Simon Doull added.
“Lucky enough to get across the line” – Daryl Mitchell
🗣 'We have got belief'
Daryl Mitchell was never in doubt about their semi-final result.#T20WorldCup @BLACKCAPS pic.twitter.com/yeDpl65m1f
— ICC (@ICC) November 11, 2021
New Zealand, who struggled to get over the line in the 50 over final against England in 2019, managed to beat Eoin Morgan & Co this time around. Daryl Mitchell admitted that they were lucky to go past the target.
“We knew one or two big overs would bring the match our way. Luckily, we got a few away. It was amazing how well Neesham struck the ball. Lucky enough to get across the line,” Daryl Mitchell concluded.