IND vs NZ 2021: New Zealand players open up about their experience of playing in India
Tim Southee, Kane Williamson, Shane Bond, and Kyle Jamieson stated what it is like playing against India in India.
Updated - Nov 19, 2021 11:36 pm
New Zealand are scheduled to play three-match T20I series and two Test matches against India. Thus, ahead of the start of the second T20I in Ranchi, a few Black Caps’ players opened up on their experience of playing in India. The likes of Tim Southee, Kane Williamson, Shane Bond, and Kyle Jamieson stated what it is like playing against India.
The New Zealand cricket took it to their official Twitter account to share a video of the same. Tim Southee reckoned that the cricket fans in India get behind their side like no other. He also added that it is an incredible place to visit.
“Every time you play India in India, it’s an amazing experience. They are a cricket-mad country and they get behind their team like no other. Every time you go there, you feel you have experienced everything. But every time, there is something new, something more amazing. Just an incredible place to go,” Southee said.
Pacer Kyle Jamieson is touring India for the first time and stated that for him it is a challenge to play against one of the best sides. He is a part of the Test setup and will look to make a larger impact on the side playing against his favored opposition.
“For me, it’s about getting out of bed each day and the ability to try and challenge yourself against the best in the world in some pretty tough conditions. It’s possibly one of the toughest places to go and play international cricket. So, to go and challenge yourself and learn new tricks is pretty exciting,” Jamieson asserted.
It’s always a fantastic place to play: Kane Williamson
Williamson isn’t part of the T20I squad but will feature in the side for the Test matches. The New Zealand skipper said that playing in India is a ‘refreshing and special’ experience.
“It’s always a fantastic place to play. Every time you get the opportunity to go back, it’s something refreshing and special. Large volumes of cricket, the addition of the IPL, and these sort of things where players are getting exposure to big events. For us as a team, to head over there and take on the best is a great opportunity,” Williamson stated.
Shane Bond also put forward his thoughts and said, “The fans, the sound, the culture and the passion of people and the feeling of being surrounded with people 24*7 at the dining table or wherever you go. There is still something about the passion that the people have for cricket in that country that is exhilarating to come and play.”
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