Fortunate to play alongside Virat Kohli: Kane Williamson
Both started playing together since their U19 days back in 2008.
Updated - Jun 7, 2020 6:41 pm
Kane Williamson, the New Zealand all-format skipper, has been pleasured to ply his trade alongside Indian skipper Virat Kohli. The duo was a part of their respective squads in the 2008 U19 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur where India came out trumps, beating South Africa in the final. After 12 years, both players are stalwarts of their national teams without a doubt irrespective of the format.
Earlier this year before the coronavirus pandemic halted cricket, India toured New Zealand and played a T20I, ODI and Test series. During the tour, Kohli heaped praises on the Tauranga-born, talking about how humble a character he has been in his career.
It’s been interesting: Kane Williamson
“Yes, we are fortunate to play against each other. It has been great to meet at a young age and follow his (Kohli’s) progress as well as his journey,” Williamson was quoted as saying on Star Sports show Cricket Connected. “It’s been interesting, we’ve had to play against each other for a long period of time,” the Delhi-born Virat stated.
During the tour, Virat and Kane was spotted once, sitting near the boundary line, engrossed in some serious discussion. It was deemed as a ‘Spirit of Cricket’ moment and the netizens lauded them. Kane also shared that he has found some similarities with Kohli, though their approach might be different.
“But actually, probably over the last few years we just shared our views on the game, some honest thoughts and found some common grounds despite, perhaps, playing the game little bit differently in terms of physically and may be our on-field characters I suppose,” Williamson added.
At the present point in time, Both Virat and Kane are being deemed as a part of the ‘Fab Four’, a list consisting off the best batsmen across formats. For Team India, Virat has over 21,000 runs and is the owner of several records. He is also third on the list of most centuries at the international level.
He is presently the only batter with an average over 50 in all the formats at the highest level. Williamson, on the other hand, was the Black Caps’ skipper when the team lost the 2019 World Cup final by the barest of margins. He also has over 14,000 runs for the Kiwis.
Kane & Virat 😍
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) June 7, 2020