ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar Highly Impressed With Kane Williamson’s Captaincy Skills
Kane Williamson-led New Zealand beat the strong Indian side in the semi-final of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and have advanced to the final of this tournament. The legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar highly praised Kane Williamson for his brilliant captaincy skills.
In the previous CWC edition (2015), New Zealand first time reached the final of this tournament history. However, Australia beat them by seven wickets in the final of that tournament.
Kane Williamson-led New Zealand made a strong start in the ongoing 2019 CWC. In their first six matches of this tournament, New Zealand won five matches, and the other one had no result. But suddenly, they lost the momentum as New Zealand lost all their last three games in the round-robin stage of this CWC edition. As a result, New Zealand just managed to secure their semi-final spot after finishing in the fourth position in the points table with 11 points.
According to the latest form, India was a strong favourite team to win the first semi-final against New Zealand. However, the Blackcaps performed brilliantly in that semi-final and beat India by 18 runs.
After that match, Tendulkar lauded Kane Williamson for his amazing captaincy skills. He has given Williamson the high marks for his captaincy skills.
Tendulkar told India Today, “I have said in number of interviews that Kane Williamson as captain has a smart, thinking brain and he is always in control. He stays a step ahead of the opposition. I would give him high marks for that.”
New Zealand fielders made the target seem much bigger – Sachin Tendulkar
In that rain-interrupted semi-final, New Zealand managed to put 239/8 (50 overs) on the board in the first innings. Chasing down that target, India were bowled out for 221 runs (49.3 overs).
Talking about this victory, Tendulkar also credited New Zealand’s fielding side. He feels that the Kiwi fielders made that chase tougher for India.
Tendulkar added, “New Zealand were fielding really well as well and they made the target seem much bigger.”
In that chasing, the Indian top-order batting faced a massive collapse as they were struggling on 5/3. All the top three batsmen, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and the captain Virat Kohli, managed to score only one run each before losing their wickets. Later, the Indian batsmen fought very hard but just failed to win that semi-final match.
New Zealand pacers impressed the Master Blaster
Tendulkar also praised the Kiwi pacers for their incredible consistency. The Indian legend added that the New Zealand pacers did the simple job correctly.
Tendulkar claimed, “It was remarkable to see the consistency from their fast bowlers. They didn’t do anything out of the ordinary and kept it simple.”
New Zealand will play their second CWC final on 14th July at Lord’s (London). In that game, New Zealand will face the winner of the second semi-final. Meanwhile, the defending champions Australia are currently playing the second semi-final of this tournament against the host side England at Birmingham.
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