New Zealand captain and IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Kane Williamson have called the Indian Premier League as the “biggest domestic competition”. He also revealed that he wanted to take part in the cash-rich league to gain knowledge and learn new things as well.
Williamson told Ravichandran Ashwin on his YouTube show titled ‘DRS with Ash’, “For us, to see the passion for cricket in India is an amazing thing, it is a brilliant competition and there is a high standard, a lot of other countries have followed suit to start their leagues”.
Kane Williamson is one of the finest players in recent times. He brilliantly led his side Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2018 in the absence of regular captain David Warner due to his ban for the infamous spot-fixing scandal during one of Test in South Africa along with the then Australia captain Steve Smith. However, he also said that leading the IPL team and leading his national New Zealand is totally different.
It is quite different to lead New Zealand and an IPL franchise, initially, I did not know what to expect, but like I mentioned it is an Indian competition so you are coming into quite a different culture, I was trying to keep an open mind, there is a lot of experience in all of the groups, it was an enjoyable season to lead the Sunrisers Hyderabad, “Williamson said. “The support staff have been there at Hyderabad for a long time and they have enjoyed success, it was about maintaining the style of play that we are known for”.
Kane Williamson has so far played 41 matches in the Indian Premier League where he has amassed 1,302 runs which came at an average of 38.29. However, this year’s IPL has been postponed for the time being owing to the global pandemic novel coronavirus outbreak. The league was earlier decided to take place from March 29 but later it got postponed until April 15 as well before totally postponed. The COVID-19 outbreak has so far claimed several lives across the globe and canceled or postponed all the sporting events as well.
However, the situation is slowly getting better in some places and England is all set to play their first series against West Indies soon at their own backyard. Even the BCCI are eyeing to host the tournament later this year.