New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson admitted on Thursday after slamming a century that batting was tough during the early stages on the opening day of the first Test match against India, at the Eden Park in Auckland.

 

“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.