Kane Williamson is not only one of the most genuine and gentlemen cricketers today but also a captain with a shrewd piece of mind. Having endorsed by Brendon McCullum to take over for captain after his retirement, Kane Williamson continued the excellent run for New Zealand. Hence, being one of the best batsmen of this era alongside his other key traits, his words are often insightful.
Meanwhile, Kane Williamson engaged in a chat with Ravichandran in the latter’s show on Youtube “DRS with Ashwin” and opined on the difference between captaining Sunrisers Hyderabad and New Zealand. The 29-year old lead the Orange Army in 2018 when David Warner couldn’t play the season due to his role in the ball-tampering row. Not only was Kane the highest run-getter during that season, but the 2016 champions finished as runners-up in 2018.
Kane Williamson told Ashwin that he was unaware of what to expect as captain since being an Indian competition, the culture was always going to be different than that of New Zealand. The Kiwi captain revealed that he kept an open mind and with plenty of experience amongst his teammates, it was a worthwhile experience, serving as the leader.
The right-handed batsman also credited the support staff for their way of working, having enjoyed plenty of success themselves. Out of 26 matches he has served as a captain in, the Tauranga-born has chalked out 14 victories. With the bat, Kane Williamson has 1302 runs in 41 games at 38.29 with 12 fifties.
“It is quite different to lead New Zealand and an IPL franchise, initially I did not know what to expect, but like I mentioned it is an Indian competition so you are coming into quite a different culture, I was trying to keep an open mind, there is a lot of experience in all of the groups, it was an enjoyable season to lead the SunRisers Hyderabad. The support staff have been there at Hyderabad for a long time and they have enjoyed success, it was about maintaining the style of play that we are known for,” Williamson stated.
For us, to see the passion for cricket in India is an amazing thing: Kane Williamson
The 29-year-old hailed the IPL as the biggest domestic competition and saw T20 cricket as an opportunity to gain experience, learn, and grow further.
“The initial interest was obviously watching the IPL and seeing how big it was, it is the biggest domestic competition, T20 cricket being relatively new, what I saw was an opportunity to gain experience and learn,”
The Kiwi captain continued by stating that the cash-rich league has served as the trendsetter for all other countries to start a tournament of their own. Yet, he maintained that the IPL boasts of a much higher standard.
“For us, to see the passion for cricket in India is an amazing thing, it is a brilliant competition and there is a high standard, a lot of other countries have followed suit to start their leagues,” Kane Williamson added.