IPL 2018: Kane Williamson is as Cool as MS Dhoni Under Pressure - Sunil Gavaskar

Published - 07 May 2018, 03:05 PM

Tom Moody, Kane Williamson, IPL 2018
Williamson has been a good T20 player for number of years says Tom Moody

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain Kane Williamson has been quite amazing with the fresh responsibility in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. The Kiwi international has definitely been up to the mark with his tactics as a leader.

Being the only foreign captain in IPL 2018, Williamson is the most successful one in the season so far. In the nine games so far, Sunrisers managed seven wins and are the most dominant side in the league.

The way Williamson has chipped into the role is even more impressive- if you consider the last-minute ban on David Warner in IPL.

Kane Williamson Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Kane Williamson plays a cover drive. Photo by: Faheem Hussain / SPORTZPICS for BCCI.

Warner had definitely set the benchmark in captaincy over the last couple of seasons in IPL. But many considered his absence would dearly hurt the franchise this season.

Fast forward 10 games, Sunrisers are on the cusp of qualifying for playoffs.

The 27-year-old Williamson has not just been good with his tactics but also led the team from the front. He is the highest run-getter for the franchise this eleventh season and the Sunrisers are looking in fine form at the moment.

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Sunil Gavaskar praises Kane Williamson –

Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar was full of praise for Kane Williamson ahead of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) game.

The way Williamson carried himself with the bat has definitely raised few eyebrows. He was considered a traditional batsman who is not good enough for Twenty20 cricket.

Sunil Gavaskar, T20I, Johannesburg, South Africa Vs India 2018
Gavaskar praises ‘top-class’ IPL pitches prepared so far. (Photo by Manoj Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

But the Kiwi international has definitely turned the tables with his consistency.

Gavaskar also went on to compare him with Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The legendary cricketer thinks Williamson is quite good at dealing with pressure situations like his Indian counterpart.

“This year, with Warner not there and with the additional responsibility of captaining the team, the New Zealand captain has raised the level of the game several notches and in the process showed that a batsman does not have to be a blaster to score at a good clip and more importantly be consistent as well,” Gavaskar wrote in Times of India.

 

“The other aspect that is seen about Williamson is how cool he stays even when things seem to be unravelling for the team. In this he is quite like MS Dhoni whose cool exterior keeps the jittery team member cool too,” Gavaskar maintained.

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