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New Zealand pace bowler Kyle Mills has admitted that he is still haunted by the memories of Pakistan beating the Blackcaps in the 1992 World Cup semi-final in Auckland.
Mills, who was just a schoolboy at the time, remembers Pakistan winning the match by four wickets and going on to beat England in the final by 22 runs.
“Yes, I went from school to watch a couple of matches as well and remember the World Cup quite firmly because New Zealand played exceptionally well throughout the tournament,” Mills said. “I was there on the day when Inzamam (ul Haq) hit us all around the ground at Eden Park and I remember that very clearly. It was a pretty sad day but I think New Zealand played some innovative cricket in that tournament.
“It was a fun time for the New Zealand public to get behind the sport. There was a lot of fun and hopefully we can replicate that.”
Mills also believes that New Zealand have the potential to win the 2015 World Cup.
“I think it helps because we are playing at home,” he said. “We have played some very decent cricket in the last couple of seasons at home and we beat India relatively comfortably in the one-day series which was nice.
“It came as a huge confidence booster for the World Cup. However, World Cups are really tough to win. We have never won one and we have never gone past the semi-final stage so I guess we may probably know the formula of what it takes to win a World Cup.”
Speaking about the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan, Mills stated that it is extremely hard to say which team has the upper hand, especially since the Test and Twenty20 series ended as a 1-1 draw.
“Judging from the two previous series with two teams reasonably evenly matched over these conditions, all the games have been hard fought contests and I guess you will experience some sort of intense battles over the next five one-day matches,” Mills said.