Williamson reacts on getting out to Virat Kohli: New Zealand’s captain was remembered about his dismissal from U-19 Cricket World Cup 2008.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson admits not thinking about playing against India in the semi-final of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2008. In a rain-affected match, India had defeated New Zealand by 3 wickets (D/L Method) to enter the final and eventually win the tournament.
Being asked about the same during the pre-match press conference in Manchester, Williamson considered it a “pretty special” moment for him and India captain Virat Kohli facing each other in a similar situation.
“I hadn’t thought about it. I think it’s kind of cool. Isn’t it? Few years later, we are here again. Perhaps, on a slightly different stage. Pretty special. A lot of respect to be able to lead your country out in a semi-final on the biggest stage. I know both sides are, without a doubt, looking forward to getting into a challenge,” Williamson was quoted as saying.
Williamson reacts on getting out to Virat Kohli
Sharing his first memory of Kohli, Williamson hailed him as a “formidable player” and recalled playing opposite him during age-group cricket. However, Williamson seemed to not remember if Kohli dismissed him during the semi-final match in 2008.
“He [Virat Kohli] was a formidable player. Playing against each other on number of occasions and then go on to international cricket and IPL. It’s been a pleasure watching Virat play and evolve into the superstar that he is.
“[on remembering getting out to Kohli] Oh. Did he? Tell me how [laughs]? He used to be an all-rounder back in the day. Hasn’t bowled as much recently,” Williamson said.
On countering Rohit Sharma
A major challenge for Williamson and his bowlers tomorrow will be to dismiss India vice-captain and highest run-scorer of the tournament Rohit Sharma cheaply. While Williamson lauded Sharma, he also spoke getting early wickets regardless of their names.
“As a bowling unit, first and foremost is assessing conditions. Rohit [Sharma] has been clearly the standout batsman in this tournament. He’s been batting beautifully. As we know, we are coming into a semi-final and both teams will be looking for early wickets regardless of what their names may be. But without a doubt, he’s been superb,” Williamson added.
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Before New Zealand’s semi-final game against India, skipper #KaneWilliamson claims that all sides have an equal opportunity to win the World Cup and regards in-form #RohitSharma to be the stand-out batsman in the ongoing tournament.#CWC19 #INDvsNZ pic.twitter.com/aGK3OX0UnL
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