On Thursday, the New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson is ready to step aside if that benefits his team especially after the humiliating Test series loss to Australia. The 0-3 defeat against Australia earlier this summer has shocked the cricketing fraternity here and the New Zealand authorities have set up a review with Williamson’s captaincy on the line as well.
Asked if he was still interested in leading New Zealand across all formats, Williamson said, “For me, it’s always been about what is the best for the team. If those discussions are to eventuate and collectively there is a thought that it will be best for the team, then my stance is whatever right and fits the group. So, I’m open to whatever is good for the group and to move the team in those directions. Once again, not just a personal thing but a team thing.”
Williamson, however, said it was time for the Kiwis to move on from the disappointment and focus on the India series.
The Blackcaps captain further added, “You need to keep moving on. The schedule is such that challenges keep coming thick and fast and now we got a great opportunity against India who is one of the top sides in the world but different personnel in terms of the T20 format and the guys are looking forward to the challenge. Australia was a humbling experience to get beaten badly like we did. You do want to be playing the best.”
Like India, New Zealand too will be preparing for the T20 World Cup later this year. The skipper outlined that change in format and personnel should help his side overcome the recent defeats. New Zealand lost the ODI series 1-4 to India last year but made a comeback by defeating the men in blue 2-1 in the T20I series. India have been unbeaten in the shortest format during their home season and will be gunning to add another feather in their cap.
Williamson, who also captains Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, said that beating India isn’t going to be an easy task considering the rich T20 experience in this visiting team.
The Kiwi skipper added, “They have a world-class side and I think the IPL has been a fantastic breeding ground for international depth cricketers within India. So we know there are so many world-class players within that side and young talented guys that are perhaps newer to the international arena but have had all that experience playing in competitions like the IPL, which is one of the biggest competitions in franchise cricket.”