Brilliant all-round game for us: Kane Williamson
The perfect execution of plans against India pleased New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, but he refused to term his team’s 10-wicket win as “bouncing back” from their 0-3 debacle against Australia.
New Zealand came into the series after their nightmare in Australia and put up a splendid performance to outclass India in just over three days.
“Bouncing back isn’t a term that we use within our group. You can get carried away thinking about results,” Williamson said after the first Test here on Monday.
Williamson, who also was the top scorer for his side with a well-made 89, seemed satisfied with the team’s performance. “It’s about focusing on things that are important. The roles that give us the best chance of success and if we do that, the result manifests and I think that’s what we saw in this game,” Williamson said.
But Williamson also wants to guard his team against complacency as he expects India to come back hard in the second Test, starting February 29. “The challenge is there in front of us because we know come Christchurch we will need to be on our game again.
“India are No. 1 in the world for a reason and they have had success all around the world,” he said.
Man of the Match Tim Southee, who scalped nine Indian wickets, was happy there was some swing on offer for him. “Being a swing bowler helps and being able to swing the ball is always handy.
“The wind is always kind of assisting Trent (Boult) and me over his left shoulder and my right shoulder,” Southee said. “When it tends to be still here, it does move around a bit more. It’s about putting the ball in the right areas for a long period of time and we were able to get some assistance with the swing.” PTI