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Kane Williamson applauds Team India for coping well with Hardik Pandya’s injury
By SMCS - Nov 15, 2023 9:20 am
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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has praised Team India for managing well in the absence of Hardik Pandya in the 2023 World Cup ahead of the 1st semi-final on Wednesday (November 15). However, he observed that India’s performance did not change, regardless of Pandya’s absence as well. Notably, Hardik sustained an ankle injury while bowling against Bangladesh in the group-stage game in Pune. He missed the next three matches before being ruled out.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya suffered a crucial injury during the Bangladesh game

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday (November 14), Williamson applauded Team India’s adjustment and stated: “Every team has a slightly different balance that they rely on and naturally with the injury to Hardik — it meant that their balance changed a little bit, but certainly did not change the outcome of what they were doing. They (India) adjusted nicely, and you know our team tends to, or has done in the past anyway, played with a slightly different balance.”

He also felt role clarity was critical in the ICC events, saying: “When you get into tournaments as well, it is guys being nice and familiar with the roles that they have, whether that is with the ball or with the bat, and it all goes quite quickly so you are trying to make sure you build on those performances as a team.”

Team India
Team India

However, Team India have arguably emerged as the team to beat in the 2023 World Cup, beating all the opposition quite comfortably. Team india went past New Zealand in Dharamsala in the group game by four wickets. Meanwhile, Kane Williamson expected a stern test against India on Wednesday in Mumbai as well.

“They are one of the, if not the best team going around and are playing cricket that matches that. But we know on our day, when we play our best cricket, it gives us the best chance. We know it’s going to be a really tough challenge. They are a side that have been playing extremely well but, come finals time, everything starts again and it’s all about the day,” Kane Williamson concluded.