Home > News >

Kane Williamson credits Brendon McCullum’s influence after century against India

Kane Williamson scored a ton, rescuing New Zealand from a pressure situation © Getty Images
Kane Williamson scored a ton, rescuing New Zealand from a pressure situation © Getty Images

Auckland: Feb 6, 2014

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson credited his team’s fantastic turnaround on the opening day of the first Test against India to the pitch, saying that it eased out considerably after a “tough” opening session.

The Kiwis recovered from 54 for three at lunch to be 329 for four at stumps and Williamson, who smashed a 113-run knock, said the pitch helped his team’s cause from the second session onwards.

“Naturally we wanted to win the toss which never ever seems to happen but it was tough initially which you expect with the new ball. Certainly it got pretty easy to bat on after lunch and going into the last session, so it’s nice to be in the position we are in going in to tonight,” he said at the end of day’s play.

“At some stage or the other, the Indian bowlers were all more threatening than others. Zaheer [Khan] was very good, then [Mohammed] Shami would come in with a very good spell and when the pitch got very good to bat on, Ishant [Sharma] would hit the bat hard. It’s hard to point one out but at certain times in their spells, they were all very threatening and something that we had to weather a little bit,” he added.

Williamson was very effusive in his praise for skipper Brendon McCullum, who was unbeaten at 143. McCullum shrugged off some patchy form to score his eighth Test hundred and put on 221 runs for the fourth wicket with Williamson after the team was reduced to 30 for three in the morning session.

“Brendon was the front-runner in this partnership and he batted outstandingly. He is hitting the ball really well in the nets and it is great to see him convert that into a performance. He is the captain and the way he has led the team has been fantastic.

“You look at his runs but he offers so much in other areas. It’s great that he is able to put a performance on today but that’s something that is a little bit of an icing for him after great performances in the One Day Internationals (ODIs) as well through his captaincy,” said the centurion.

When pointed out that they nearly achieved the three-figure mark in equal time, Williamson replied, “I saw him raise the bat before me, so that’s how I was judging it.

He batted fantastically. I think even what was more impressive was his 40-odd runs after his hundred which was very refreshing and great to see. It was a good lesson for all of us. He was ruthless.”

Even so, it is hard to neglect the form Williamson has been in recently. He scored five consecutive half-centuries in the five-match ODI series against India, and finally got to a hundred here.

“It is always nice to get a hundred but relief wouldn’t be the feeling. It’s been nice contributing to team wins previously, whether it is a hundred or not. It’s great, I wanted to keep batting. It’s not a hundred and done, so it’s a shame not to be out there with Brendon at stumps,” he said.

Against Bangladesh and West Indies too, he was in fine form, scoring 114, 74, 62, 45, 58 and 56 in six innings.

“It’s nice to be going out there and keep on batting and contributing to the side. But still there are always things you want to be working on and improving on, so you don’t look too far ahead and label things like best form. There is still a big job to do, maybe with the ball or in the second innings again,” he said.

New Zealand will feel confident with the way things shaped up for them on the first day of the series, and with the pitch easing out, they will be looking at a tall-score to put the out-of-form Indian batting under pressure.

“It’s tricky to put a number on the score we want on this pitch. In some ways, your score will reflect how well you bowl with the new ball.

“We’d like to keep batting and score as many as we can to put us in a very good position. And then if we can make some inroads with the new ball, then that will obviously make the score a little bit better,” Williamson signed off.

Full Scorecard

Photo Gallery

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

AB de Villiers praises team after win in 1st ODI

Pakistan hold advantage at stumps on Day 3 of 1st Test against Australia

Asad Shafiq emerges as dependable No 6 for Pakistan

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Mitchell Johnson shows signs of effectiveness on unhelpful surfaces

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: Vital for Brendon McCullum to find form quickly

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Kapil Dev’s Dev Musco Lighting accused of inflated costs by GCA

VVS Laxman advises budding batsmen to score big hundreds

Pakistan hold advantage at stumps on Day 3 of 1st Test against Australia

West Indies women not distracted by controversy in men’s team

India have talent to do well in Australia, says VVS Laxman

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Spin hunt continues for visitors

Sarfaraz Ahmed may have trumped the Akmals as Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman across formats

Don Bradman — even if every chance he ever gave in his career was accepted, he would still remain head and shoulders above the others

Len Hutton’s hundred gets reported as illness

Viv Richards’ 6/41 bowls West Indies to a thrilling victory over India

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

अभिनेत्री हुमा कुरैशी ओरिफ्लेम की ब्रांड एंबेसडर

Has Bigg Boss 8 made Karishma Tanna the most hated person?

Pranab Mukherjee returns home after visit to Norway, Finland

Revealed: First look of Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar’s Do!

7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Videocon Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature launched, priced at Rs 10,499

Rupee up 19 paise against dollar in early trade

Twitter introduces Audio Cards to listen to music directly from your timeline

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here