Black Caps opener Colin Munro may have given himself a Cricket World Cup lifeline during last night's Twenty20 win over India, says batting coach Craig McMillan.
Dropped for the first two games of the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh, Munro responded in style against India in Hamilton, top scoring with 72 from 40 balls, as the Black Caps claimed a four-run victory.
Having been axed for the final two ODIs against India in favour of Henry Nicholls, Munro's position appears in jeopardy, although the hard hitting left hander will return for the third and final match against Bangladesh, New Zealand's last 50 over clash before the World Cup begins in June.
Speaking at Christchurch Airport today though, McMillan says there is still room for Munro in New Zealand's 15-man squad.
"Everyone has to keep performing, it was great to see Colin do that last night," he said.
"He showed how dangerous he can be with that x-factor at the top of the innings.
"It was certainly great to see him play like that, and set a platform up for the rest of the innings.
"He's going to get an opportunity at the end of the Bangladesh series, so that'll be an important game for him, but whenever he gets the opportunity - just like any other player - it's important that they grab it with both hands."
The Black Caps begin their ODI series with Bangladesh in Napier on Wednesday.