New Zealand captain Kane Williamson believes that the spin component has been very large in the Indian conditions, and the spinners have played a big role in changing the complexion of the game.
Kane Williamson, who opted out of the T20I series against India where the Black Caps lost by 3-0 will be making a comeback in the two-match Test series against India. The first match of the Test series will be held at Green Park, Kanpur, from November 25, and the second Test match of the series will be played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, from December 3.
Meanwhile, Kane Williamson, while replying to an ANI query on whether experienced campaigner Neil Wagner can be given the new ball, to which he replied:
“I guess everybody is looking at different ways to be effective, whether it is the new ball for a seamer or spinner in terms of their role. Like you mentioned, the Indian side has new players from their last series, so there are different factors to take into account. For us, it is about being well prepared and being as effective as possible as a bowling unit.”
It Is Important To Adapt And Adjust And See What Might Be The Most Effective – Kane Williamson
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said that when a visiting team plays in India, it becomes important to adapt and adjust to the conditions to see whether the pacers will be more effective or spinners. He elaborated:
“I suppose it is important to adapt and adjust and see what might be the most effective. As we have seen in this part of the world, the spin component has been very large and it has played a big role in changing the complexion of the game. So I am sure both sides will be aware of that and looking to play strong spin component.”
The 31-year-old said that the preparation has been very good for the team, and they are excited to get back on the field together. He said:
“The preparation has been really good, guys have been able to gain some practice. All the Test players are excited to be back together. I am sure throughout the whole series spin component will be a factor and it will be no different in Kanpur. It will be about assessing the conditions as quickly as possible.”
Kane Williamson further added that playing the Test series just a few weeks after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 is very challenging for both India and New Zealand. He elaborated:
“Look, very challenging schedule after a World Cup, and credit to both teams for putting their best foot forward and really competing in a big way. I suppose when you do have different formats, World Cups, and WTC focuses of sides gears towards that. It is natural and all teams look to do that. It was special to have crowds facing the games. We are all fortunate to be here and playing international cricket,”
The Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson was asked whether the Black Caps are the favourites to win the Test series considering 6 of India’s first-choice players won’t be part of the series, to which he replied by saying that he doesn’t think New Zealand are favourites. He explained:
“No, I do not think we are favourites. The big strength of Indian cricket is its depth and we have seen that over the years. India has great knowledge of their own conditions, we know the challenge is a big one.”
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