There do exist baseless rumours about conflicts between New Zealand head coach Gary Stead and captain Kane Williamson. It has gone through an extent that Tom Latham might replace Kane Williamson as the skipper of the national side. While Gary Stead has brushed aside those reports, Williamson has also come forward and had his say. Kane Williamson took over as the captain of New Zealand after Brendon McCullum retired from international cricket in 2016.
McCullum supported him as his successor and Williamson has not let him down by any stretch of the imagination. Under the flamboyant batsman, the Kiwis have not only dominated in home Tests but also have become a force in the ICC events. Apart from that, due to his gentleman behaviour, Williamson is also one of the most respected and lovable cricketers.
Kane Williamson confidently stated that he and the coach share an excellent bonding and are keen to challenge each other. Stead has successfully been able to carry the legacy left by Mike Hesson. Mike Hesson was arguably the one, who sowed the seeds of New Zealand’s upsurge in world cricket.
“Gary and I have a very good relationship, and we’re always honest with each other and keen to challenge each other,” Williamson claimed as quoted by Cricbuzz.
It’s a positive thing, and we’re happy to have those honest discussions: Kane Williamson
The skipper further said that whatever conversations they have with each other, it ultimately boils down to having a positive outlook for the team. The pair achieves the objectives through healthy discussions like the one happens in any organisation and Williamson mentioned that those are honest ones.
“Ultimately we both share the vision of where we want the team to go and that’s a really positive one. How we get there is a constant discussion like in any organisation with leadership. It’s a positive thing, and we’re happy to have those honest discussions,” the Tauranga-born added.
Kane Williamson will take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) slated to take place in the UAE, plying his trade for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. As for Black Caps’ next assignment, they are scheduled to play a bilateral home series against the West Indies, pending government approval.