@Paekakboyz said in Black Caps v India:
Question, is Seifert showing enough to be considered on his batting alone? I've heard a few pundits rate his keeping, but he seems pretty bloody raw and that'll surely hold him back longer term?
Definitely. He along with Will Young I would rate as the 2 best all-round batsmen in NZ not currently in the NZ test team (or ODI team). His FC batting is really quite good. His white ball batting is surprisingly not as good as his FC batting, yet. But, with his fast hands, once he masters white ball batting - he'll be very good. But I wouldn't bank on him being a world cup saviour at the last minute. It would be a hail mary. His history has actually shown him to be a slow adjuster as he moves up the levels. (He was the best player of his age group, and a schoolboy star but stunk for NZ U19s, he was initally was poor for ND, he was initially only OKish for NZ).
Seifert has had a lot of roles at ND. keeper, specialist middle order bat. Even opened in both red-ball and white-ball. His early career was fairly medioce though, especially for a guy with his reputation coming through youth cricket.
I really started to take notice of him finally delivering on potential on an NZA tour of India about 2 years ago. It was a batting apocalypse in spinning conditions for NZ but Seifert was the only one to perform (albit "performed" on that tour meant being 30 or 40 not out while all around him collapsed). No video of that tour though, just scorecards.