New Zealand captain Kane Williamson stays a step ahead of the opposition: Sachin Tendulkar

New Zeland had come into the semi-finals against India on the back of three successive defeats but they turned their fortunes around and bounced back in style as they defeated the pre-tournament favourites to reach their second successive World Cup final on Wednesday.

And a lot of their success throughout this tournament has got to do with Kane Williamson’s form with the bat and as captain of the Blackcaps.

Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar reserved special praise for Williamson, the captain, for the way he led his team in the match against India in Manchester.

“I have said in number of interviews that Kane Williamson as captain has a smart, thinking brain and he is always in control. He stays a step ahead of the opposition. I would give him high marks for that. New Zealand were fielding really well as well and they made the target seem much bigger.

“It was remarkable to see the consistency from their fast bowlers. They didn’t do anything out of the ordinary and kept it simple,” Tendulkar told India Today after the match.

India were ultimately reduced to 6 for 92 in 31 overs before Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni (50) bailed them out with a 116-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

But the duo were sent packing in quick succession in the death overs and India ultimately got bowled out for 221 in 49.3 overs.

Matt Henry was adjudged man-of-the-match for finishing with 3 for 37 from his 10 overs while Boult and Mitchell Santner grabbed two wickets each. James Neesham also chipped in with a wicket.


Courtesy : India Today

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