Need to carry on our calm aggression to knock-outs: Kane Williamson
New Zealand’s middle-order pillar Kane Williamson, who has been in a exuberant form of late, said on Monday that his side need to carry forward their “calm aggression” from the pool stage to the knock out stage as they chase the elusive International Cricket Council World Cup.
The New Zealand team have maintained a good shape till now, and Williamson said that they would try to use all their experience gathered so far from the coveted International Cricket Council World Cup.
He further added that they have played 6 matches and each one has been very different. So it is nice to have all those experiences going into the quarter-final. But they need to keep playing with that calm aggression they have had in the pool stage. After playing good, they know that everything starts again, anything in the past is forgotten.
Black Caps have reached 6 International Cricket Council World Cup semi-finals without going any further, including the previous two, losing to Sri Lanka both times.
While they might have to compete the similar opponents again in the semi-finals, first they have to pass West Indies at the Westpac stadium on Saturday here.
The Tauranga born 24 years old Black Cap player is cautious of the danger Chris Gayle can be and said his squad needs to be concentrated on the smasher and bowl in the right channels to him.
According to Kane everyone knows what the barbaric Gayle can do, he is one of the biggest game changers in world cricket. It is crucial they put a wee bit of focus on him. When he plays well, he takes any squad down. Still, if they bowl well they can get anyone out.
Pundits have asked whether the tactics is sustainable when the pressure is on during the knock-out levels but Kane could see no change to their approach.
He concluded saying: “I think it is important that you are relaxed and calm and play with that freedom.
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