Kane Williamson's performance this season does not do justice in any T20 tournament: Nikhil Chopra
"When you're batting in the powerplay and have a strike rate of only 100, it can put pressure on the middle-order," Chopra said.
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The seasoned campaigner, Kane Williamson has been a terrific performer across all the formats of the game in international cricket and IPL as well. However, his form has dipped, and has not been able to provide a good start to the team on most occasions this season. Before the encounter against RCB, Williamson had garnered 199 runs at an average of 22.11 and a strike rate of 96.14 in 10 innings. Against Faf du Plessis and his men, he was dismissed run-out without even facing a delivery. In a latest interaction, former Indian cricketers Wasim Jaffer and Nikhil Chopra discussed the form of the SRH captain.
On being asked about the fact that Williamson has the lowest strike as an opener in the ongoing season, Jaffer felt that Kiwi batter needs to be aggressive. He reckoned that the team surely expect runs from Abhishek Sharma and Rahul Tripathi, but along with Williamson, Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran need to do the bulk of the scoring. The former Indian batter further added that the SRH captain has not converted his starts and has given the pressure on the middle-order to accelerate the rate.
“He certainly needs to come back in form and his aggressive approach is also important to the team as well. Abhishek Sharma and Rahul Tripathi are uncapped players, and you surely expect runs for them, but it’s the other international players, who need to do the bulk of the scoring,” said Jaffer on Sky247.net presents ‘Not Just Cricket’ Show on CricTracker.
“The batter alongside him needs to take a lot of risks. So, Williamson has to step up, with the team needing wins in most of the remaining games,” Jaffer added.
Kane Williamson has maintained the same gear: Nikhil Chopra
Chopra reckoned thinks that form of Williamson has been a worrying sign for the Sunrisers. He added that in any of the situation, the SRH captain has maintained the same gear with his strike rate. He further said that Williamson’s stats have been below par this season.
“Kane Williamson has not been able to do well, which is a worrying sign for SRH. Whether he is batting in a cautious manner or chasing down the target of 200, he has tried to maintain the same gear. His stats in this season do not do justice in any T20 tournament as an opener. When you’re batting in the powerplay and have a strike rate of only 100, it can put pressure on the middle-order,” said Chopra.