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

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014 (08:50 IST)   at Sydney

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Chittagong

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

More

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 87 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Melbourne

Australia won by 3 wkts

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 20, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled(Match rescheduled to 21/11/2014)

Photos

Australia vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Canberra

Videos

SL vs Eng: Buttler practices wicketkeeping in nets

PCB’s biggest challenge is to bring back international cricket to Pakistan: Subhan Ahmad

Tim Southee’s 50 Test sixes and related records

India vs Australia 2014: India may have heavy dose of pace in store in 1st Test

Ross Taylor’s crucial knock against Pakistan will boost his sub-par subcontinent record

Stuart Binny — can the all-rounder be a trump card for India in ODIs?

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

Bhuvneshwar Kumar says rhythm is key ahead of India’s tour of Australia 2014-15

India vs Australia 2014-15: Harry Conway replaces Gurinder Sandhu in CA XI squad

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: Ahmed Shehzad set to return for ODIs; Sohaib Maqsood ruled out

Australia vs India 2014: Shane Watson uninterested in captaining Australia

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: New Zealand’s overseas performances have impressed Mike Hesson

Is Dhawal Kulkarni a contender for India’s ICC World Cup 2015 squad?

World Cup 1992: Arjuna Ranatunga masterminds first ever 300-plus ODI chase

India vs Australia 2014: How crucial are India’s practice games ahead of the first Test?

Rohit Sharma: India are serious contenders

South Africa may lose momentum ahead of ICC World Cup 2015

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

681 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli vs Australian cricketers

Watch Free Live Streaming & Telecast of Indian Super League (ISL) 2014 Football 37th Match between Kerala Blasters FC vs Atletico de Kolkata

PK Tharki Chokro making: Rancho aka Aamir Khan and Munna Bhai aka Sanjay Dutt shake legs to this folk number

Simbu-Hansika’s Vaalu slated for Christmas release!

Yeh Hai Mohabbatein: Will Raman and Ishita help Mihika with her plans?

Alibaba to launch its Taobao marketplace in international markets: Reuters

8 reasons to add rosemary to your diet

eBay India ‘Black Friday’ sale kicks off today

How many calories do bananas have?

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here