“Every game is a tough one here” – Kane Williamson
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson thinks that they haven’t worried about the close games as at World Cup every match is a difficult task to handle.
“Every game is a tough one here and you want to be moving forward as a unit. We’ve made small steps but there is still a long way to go,” the skipper said.
New Zealand did some close finishes in their previous matches including their last one. They won against Bangladesh just by 2 wickets, after that they repeated the same kind of match against South Africa and grabbed the win just by four wickets in a last over thriller.
And last but not the least, New Zealand staved off West Indies’ challenge in Manchester on Saturday after beating them by 5 runs in a game dominated by some scintillating performances from both sides.
Williamson admitted that there had been much things to learn from these close matches. “Some of the striking from the West Indians is unrivalled so it really does put you under pressure. Any experience that you have that you can learn from is a good one. We’ve got a couple of tight games, but against strong opposition. Some things to learn from, some things to improve on,” the 28-year old captain said.
Carlos Brathwaite hit an outstanding century and almost won the match for West Indies. But at the 49th over Trent Boult got a great catch under pressure and sealed the for the Kiwis. “Boult has got very good hands,” Wlliamson said when asking about the catch. He then praised his bowlers to get the crucial wickets at the right moment of the match. “Some of the striking from the West Indians is unrivalled so it really does put you under pressure. I thought the guys did an outstanding job in the roles they were given. You bring guys back to try and pick up wickets when required.”
Williamson showed his class once again against the West Indies as he picked up an another century in this World Cup and finished his innings at 148-run off 154 balls. He also became the third captain after Australia’s Ricky Ponting and Zimbabwe’s Brendon Taylor to score back-to-back hundreds in the World Cup.
“The West Indies side is incredibly dangerous. The power they pack through the order, we saw it today. They bowled really really well. They got the ball swinging and they hit the area fairly well on that surface. I was looking to play the merit of the ball, and make the best possible decisions,” Williamson said about his performance.