One of the most underrated sides of world cricket, New Zealand have always been at the forefront when it came to giving tough fights and possibly even being on top of their game at every ICC event. The nation played its first-ever Test match in 1930, becoming the fifth nation to play the longest format.
The Kiwis played the 50-over World Cup final twice and the T20 World Cup final once, eventually losing all three fixtures. Nonetheless, the Black Caps won the inaugural World Test Championship in 2021 and the Champions Trophy in 2000.
The Black Caps have overpowered India on several occasions in crucial stages, but still, Indian fans regard them as their second-favourite side.
The 2021 World Test Champions always had a fervent fan base that has filled stadiums and gathered eyeballs, allowing the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) to attract some of the most known firms as sponsors. Let’s take a look at the Kiwis’ sponsors for the current summit cricket competition as the squad takes on India today in the first semi-final:
ANZ Bank: The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) is a global banking and financial services corporation based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Dream11: Dream11, an online fantasy sports platform, enables users to assemble a squad of actual players for any upcoming sporting contest in which they compete against other users for substantial prizes.
Ford: Ford Motor Company, founded by Henry Ford in 1903, is an American global vehicle manufacturer based in Dearborn, Michigan.
Gillette: Gillette manufactures safety razors and other personal care goods, notably shaving equipment, developed in the United States by the global corporation, Procter & Gamble.
KFC: KFC, originally known as Kentucky Fried Chicken, is an American fast-food restaurant brand established in 1952. The fast food business is notable for its non-veg and meat-oriented fast food specialities, which are popular across the world.
Asahi Beverages: Asahi Beverages (NZ) Ltd, an established beverage company in Australia and New Zealand, was founded in 2014 when the business affairs of Schweppes Australia and Asahi Premium Beverages were combined. In the following year, the merger was broadened to cover independent liquor in New Zealand. Asahi Beverages has businesses in New Zealand, Australia, the United States of America, and Canada, as well as an export company that serves over 15 nations worldwide.
Canterbury of New Zealand: Canterbury of New Zealand (often known simply as Canterbury) is a rugby and cricket-focused sports equipment manufacturer based in New Zealand. The firm was founded in New Zealand’s Canterbury area.
Dulux: Dulux, from the house of DuluxGroup, was established in Gracefield, Lower Hutt, New Zealand in 1939. Dulux specialises in marketing and manufacturing premium branded products that uplift, protect and maintain places where people live and work.
G.J. Gardner: The G.J. Gardner tale began in 1983 when Greg Gardner founded his construction company based on uncompromising quality and value. G.J Gardner Homes developed to become Queensland’s largest house builder, and in 1995 Greg decided to franchise the company with locally owned and run offices across Australia, using the same proven formula to produce great homes.
LifeDirect: LifeDirect was founded in 2005 as a method for New Zealanders to compare insurance pricing and plans in a transparent, online, and pressure-free environment.
Pals: The lower sugar alcohol brand, Pals, which was started by four friends, Nick Marshall, Mat Croad and Jay & Anna Reeve, caters to the health-conscious consumer.
Powerade: Powerade, a sports drink with electrolytes including sodium and potassium, helps restore electrolytes lost via perspiration during physical activity. Its carbohydrate content can also assist in rehydrating the body and offer energy.
Spark: Spark, a digital service and telecommunications business based in New Zealand, offers fixed-line telephone services, mobile phone services, internet, and digital technology solutions such as cloud, security, digital transformation, and managed services.