Kane Williamson believes the WT20 experience will help his spinners
New Zealand captain Kane Willaimson is hoping that the lessons he learnt during the World T20 in India will help his side’s spinners counter Indian attack.
New Zealand lost in the semifinals of the World T20 2016. Mitchell Santner had recorded the best figures for a Kiwi spinner in Twenty 20s en route to their knockout stage appearance.
His figures 4 for 11 runs came in a winning cause against India in Nagpur and he was well supported by Ish Sodhi, who picked up three wickets in that match. These two spinners Santer and Sodhi will challenge the Indian batting line-up in this series.
Williamson was asked whether Kiwi spin attack matches that of India’s, Williamson said he is quite optimistic.
“They (India) have got very good spinners, naturally very experienced in these conditions. We have some exciting young talent. We showed that in the T20 World Cup. That was huge for us. Yes, the formats are different, but I am hoping we can build on from those experiences,” Williamson said ahead of tomorrow’s first Test.
“A lot of learning experiences to be had. Certainly, this is one of them, being exposed to these conditions. They are suited to spin bowling so we are hoping they can play a big part in the series.”
Williamson did not make a big issue of having just one practice game under their belt in the build up to the series but said if Kotla track offered more spin, it would have been better for them.
“The wicket in the warm-up game was still slow, and it did deteriorate a little bit. So, there was some good practice there. Perhaps it would have been nicer if it had spun a little bit more. At the same time, a lot of positives came out of it and practice wickets were good yesterday once the grass was shaved off,” he said.
“All the preparation you can get is important. The nature of the international cricket is such that you go from one tour to another and you cannot get everything perfect but we have come at the back of some cricket which is important. We have had a week in Delhi to prepare as well and the guys are looking forward to the cricket.”
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