CT 2017: One cannot really afford a loss or washout, rues Kane Williamson
"It's a pretty quick tournament. You can't really afford a washout or a loss," conceded the Kiwi skipper.
Published - Jun 3, 2017 12:00 pm | Updated - Jun 3, 2017 12:00 pm
Team New Zealand had turned the tables in their first game of the Champions Trophy against Australia. They had looked in firm command of the game with a total of 259/3 in the first 39 overs. With their skipper Kane Williamson leading from the front with a gutsy century, they had their noses ahead. A sudden collapse saw them stutter to a score less the 300 runs.
Later, they came back in the game with 3 quick wickets in the Australian innings. However, it was the rain that had the last laugh and the match had to be called off. Certainly, the two participating teams were disappointed with the result. Speaking at the post-match conference, Kane Williamson reflected back at the action that perspired on the day. He lauded the efforts of Luke Ronchi who had scored 65 off 43 balls with 9 fours and 3 sixes.
“I thought the opening partnership from us was very, very good. And put them under a bit of pressure on a good batting surface. I thought Ronchi was outstanding setting the tone today. Martin Guptill as well. That was a very good partnership at the top of the order against a very good bowling attack. It was a great effort by Luke and very good innings,” quoted Kane Williamson.
Every game being a knockout
Speaking further, he conceded that there is no way they can control the weather. He looked content with the way the players fared up on the day. He called it a bit frustrating since the dynamics of the tournament does not allow too much of rest time. Also, a washout is something that the team can definitely not afford.
“The nature of this tournament is that every game is basically knockout. We played some good cricket and we can’t control the weather. Although it is a little bit frustrating. It’s obviously not ideal to have a washout. So for us now it’s about making sure that we’re playing each game like a final and winning the next two. It’s a pretty quick tournament. You can’t really afford a washout or a loss,” conceded the Kiwi skipper.