Former Indian legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar praised New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson’s captaincy in the crucial Super 12 stage match against India in the ongoing T20 World Cup.
The Kiwis demolished Virat Kohli and co. to secure their first win of the campaign. After opting to bowl first, as has been the norm, Williamson led the team from the front with excellent bowling changes to restrict India to just 110/7 in their 20 overs.
“From ball one, the bowling changes of Williamson were top notch. The planning was good and in the first six overs we were 35/2 and from those 35 runs the 20 came in five overs.“
“After six overs till the 10th over, we only scored 13 runs, so according to me, that was a critical point where we missed out on capitalizing. Those easy singles were not available and that forced our batters to play the big shot,” Tendulkar said.
“Williamson is like a rock for the New Zealand team” – Sachin Tendulkar
Even with the bat, Kane Williamson played the role of an anchor to perfection while Daryl Mitchell took the aggressive route. Everything they did on the night worked to near perfection, leaving India no breathing room in the match.
“When Pant came into bat, immediately spinners end was changed by Williamson. Again, smart move. All in all, I felt India was playing catching up because of how New Zealand dominated the game it was a tough time for India batsmen which forced them to play the big shot.”
“Then Daryl Mitchell and Williamson stitched an important stand. Williamson is like a rock for the New Zealand team if he is at the wicket, he controls the game well. Mitchell played some decent shots and rotated the strike,” concluded Tendulkar.
With the win, New Zealand now gets themselves up on the points table, with three games remaining.