Kane Williamson and Eoin Morgan
Kane Williamson and Eoin Morgan (Credits: Twitter)

New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson has said that the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has helped players a lot to acquire knowledge about the United Arab Emirates (UAE) conditions before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

New Zealand, after winning 4 out of 5 games in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, has made it to the semi-finals of the tournament, and they will lock horns with Eoin Morgan-led England on Wednesday, November 10.

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Kane Williamson and Gary Stead
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and head coach Gary Stead. Credits: Twitter

Kane Williamson said that he initially thought the Asian teams will get an advantage in the slow UAE surface, but the margins were just fine.

The IPL and I suppose the other franchise comps, but certainly add a lot to the knowledge of the players from all countries,” Williamson said at the pre-match press conference.

“And also add to the experience of being able to share and I think we’ve seen in this tournament and we certainly saw in the second half of the IPL the variability and the surfaces which, perhaps lent itself more naturally to certain sides. But you sort of in the moment you compete in different games and the margins are fine.” he said.

We Feel Fortunate To Have Got Through The Stages – Kane Williamson

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New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson with his counterpart Gerhard Erasmus. Credits: BlackCaps Twitter

The Blackcaps skipper Kane Williamson further added that they are fortunate to make it through the Super12 stage by playing some good cricket against the top sides in the World. He elaborated:

We know coming into this tournament that truly any team could beat anybody and we sort of saw that throughout the competition and there are some sides that perhaps were favourites coming into it.”

“And we’re fortunate on the day but I suppose that’s tournament sport as well.”

“So it’s great we feel fortunate to have got through the stages and been playing some reasonable cricket and we want to continue to,”

Kane Williamson captained for the first time in an ICC event at the 2016 T20 World Cup, and he has said that a lot of things have changed since then, but still, they are looking forward to the challenge and trying to improve. He asserted:

There have been some really good steps forward and this tournament compared to the last one, I suppose a few new faces and a real mixture of that sort of youth and experience.

“But, yeah, it’s been a nice journey, I suppose from five years ago. And it’s nice to be here and be involved in the semi-finals. But the guys are really looking forward to the challenge and want to continue to focus on the cricket that we’ve been playing and try and improve on it.

Kane Williamson, New Zealand
Kane Williamson’s New Zealand lost the 2019 World Cup final via boundary count.

Williamson further showered praise on the fast bowling duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee and said that they have been a real strength of the team. He said:

They’ve been brilliant. They’ve been involved in the team in all formats for a long time and are really experienced operators for us. And experienced in terms of playing in all different conditions,”

“And have been executing their skills beautifully and performing their realize to the highest standards. They’ve been doing a fantastic job for us, really leading our attack who have been performing well and adjusting well to the different surfaces that we’ve been on. And a real strength on our side.”

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Kane Williamson also talked about Devon Conway and said that he is new to the international cricket scene, but he is a very experienced cricketer.

I mean, someone like Devon has played this sort of role for us, anyway, on the New Zealand team for a while. He’s a very experienced player.”

Although relatively new to the international game, but clearly world-class in his skill set and has a fantastic head on his shoulders. He’s made those adjustments quickly and come over to the UAE, which is his first time, and played some key roles for us.”

Talking about opener Daryl Mitchell, Williamson said he has been allowed to bat at top order because he is a good stroke maker and a good player of spin. Kane Williamson stated:

And Daryl, who has been involved in a number of formats and has brought a brilliant attitude and I suppose coming into the tournament everybody’s preparation perhaps a little bit disjointed and Daryl’s given himself an opportunity to be at the top of the order with his ability to hit the ball hard and straight and also play spin.”

Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill
Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill (Image Credit: Twitter)

Williamson, while talking about England, said that they gave got several match-winners in the T20I team. He said:

Look, they’ve got match-winners throughout their team. And that’s been big, I suppose, movement of their white-ball side. Power-packed and bat deep as well.

“I spent quite a bit of time with Liam (Livingstone) at Birmingham Phoenix, played superbly well through the 100 ball competition. There are several threats and several match winners. We also have several match-winners as well,” Williamson said.

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