New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson despite being one of the modern greats in the longest format of the game is of the opinion that the shortest format of the game allows a cricketer to explore his game and take it to the next level. The modern great is currently in the West Indies playing for his Caribbean Premier League Franchise the Barbados Tridents.
Williamson during an exclusive interview with ESPN Cricinfo said that T20’s does help a player to explore different areas of his game.
“The T20 game certainly allows you to explore different areas of your own game that you might then bring into your other formats a little.”
“Naturally shots like the lap and the reverse sweep – things like that – certainly aren’t the first thing that comes to your mind playing Test cricket, but in other areas just to try and get the ball to different parts of the field. So you’re always working on your game, which T20 always tests,” he added.
Williamson speaking on the adjustments he has made as a T20 batsman said that he has looked for subtle changes in his batting technique for the shortest format of the game rather than going for slogs like most T20 batsmen.
“I try to make subtle adaptations rather than trying to slog because I always go into the net and have a bit of a slog and realise that I’m not any good at it,” he said.
The youngster also made it clear that to succeed in T20 cricket one has to stick to his strengths and the results will come automatically.
“But you still want to stick to the strengths that are important to your game – for some guys, it’s power, for some guys it’s touch and it’s gaps. Whatever the recipe is for your game, I think it is important you do stick to that and just try and make those adjustments,” he said.
“Someone like Joe Root and Steve Smith – those sorts of guys have been excellent at it. Without being huge power players, they’re still very, very effective in this format,” he further added.
Speaking on the definition of a good innings according to him Williamson said:
“A perfect T20 innings, yes, it’s scoring extremely fast and getting a good score and helping your team, but that won’t always happen – it’s high-risk, there’s a lot of failure in this format in particular. So it is being brave, sticking to a team plan, and just trying to help the team out as best you can.”