New Zealand National Cricket Team captain Kane Williamson showered praise on the veteran right-arm pacer Tim Southee after the second ODI (no result due to rain) of the three-match series between India and New Zealand.
The second ODI was abandoned due to rain at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday, November 27. New Zealand have a 1-0 lead in the series and the final ODI match of the series will be played at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Wednesday, November 30.
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Kane Williamson praised Southee for playing 150 ODI matches. He said:
“Amazing player (Tim Southee) for us in all formats. The quality he has brought on the field and not just that, the longevity of staying on the park and making valuable contributions for so long and being a leader in our group… it’s always nice to celebrate and recognize those. Not many people have achieved what he has (on Southee playing 150 ODIs).”
Looking forward to Christchurch now – Kane Williamson
Williamson further expressed disappointment over the match being washed out due to rain and said that he is looking forward to the final ODI. He said:
“Disappointing (to lose this game to rain). The weather has been following us. Good team performances for us so far. Latham played a blinder (in Auckland), nice start to the series, looking forward to Christchurch now.”
Kane Williamson added that he was happy to make a good contribution with the bat in the first ODI. He said:
“It was nice to make a contribution (in the first ODI) but I got a nice seat to see Latham make that switch in the second half of his innings. ”
“Rankings just float around a bit, but it does recognize the hard work you put in as a team. But you try and focus on things that you can control, what cricket you can play,” he added.