On Monday, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson expressed that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the biggest domestic competition as it has managed to raise the standard of cricket ever since its inception. Williamson would have played for the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) had the tournament commenced from March 29. However, the BCCI has postponed the IPL until further notice.
During a chat with Ravichandran Ashwin, Williamson said, “The initial interest was obviously watching the IPL and seeing how big it was, it is the biggest domestic competition, T20 cricket being relatively new, what I saw was an opportunity to gain experience and learn. For us, to see the passion for cricket in India is an amazing thing, it is a brilliant competition and there is a high standard, a lot of other countries have followed suit to start their leagues.”
While having a chat with Ashwin, Kane Williamson went on to elaborate on difference between leading the New Zealand team and an IPL franchise. The New Zealand skipper had captained the SRH to reach the final of IPL 2018. The side had lost the summit clash against Chennai Super Kings.
Describing the same, Williamson said, “It is quite different to lead New Zealand and an IPL franchise, initially I did not know what to expect, but like I mentioned it is an Indian competition so you are coming into quite a different culture, I was trying to keep an open mind, there is a lot of experience in all of the groups, it was an enjoyable season to lead the SunRisers Hyderabad.”
He further added, “The support staff have been there at Hyderabad for a long time and they have enjoyed success, it was about maintaining the style of play that we are known for.”
In his IPL career, Williamson has played 41 matches in which he has scored 1,302 runs at an average of 38.29. Prior to IPL 2020, SunRisers Hyderabad announced that David Warner would be leading the side in the upcoming edition of the tournament.