IPL 2018: I Don’t Try to Hit Like AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle – Kane Williamson
At a time when batsmen are busy devising new shots to score quickly, Kane Williamson has acted as a soothing balm for the game’s traditional fans.
The New Zealand star had relied on his technique and timing to do the scoring, and so far he has done exceedingly well. One of the best batsmen in the world at the moment, Williamson is one of the handfuls of batsmen who have not tinkered with their technique due to the slam-bang form of cricket.
He is currently leading Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League and done fairly well so far. He has been given the task of replacing David Warner as the skipper of the team and Williamson is doing a fantastic job.
Warner was the batting mainstay of the side in the last four season. His runs in the previous four editions are – 641, 848, 562, 528. And although Williamson does not have the hard-hitting abilities of Warner, it does not make him any less effective.
In the last three games, he had scored three fifties and is fast becoming his team’s batting mainstay.
Speaking ahead of the game against Mumbai Indians, Williamson spoke on his playing style. The batting star stated he relies on adapting to the situation rather than going for the big shots.
“I am always trying my best to adapt to the situation and conditions, and not try and to hit the ball like Ab (de Villiers) or Chris Gayle. It is never going to happen; I try to do it my way as best I can,” said Williamson.
Sunrisers started the season with a bang, winning three games on the trot. In the last match against Chennai Super Kings, they lost by just four runs while chasing 183.
“It (close games) is a definitely a challenge; we had a close game yesterday. The responsibility of the captain within a side and walk and help mates, rather than trying to get too caught up in the emotion of it all up,” he said.
“The two games we have lost were because of two special innings from a couple of individuals, and that is T20 cricket. It’s important not to be too reactive, and go back to our plans,” he added.
Sunrisers will next play defending champions Mumbai Indians on Tuesday (April 24) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.