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AFP
January 24, 2020

Spotlight on Williamson as India begin NZ tour

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AFP
January 24, 2020

WELLINGTON: New Zealand will be looking to put their Test humiliation in Australia behind them when they switch formats on Friday (today) to start a five-match Twenty20 series against India with the spotlight on Kane Williamson’s leadership.

There has been intense debate in New Zealand whether captaining the side in all three formats put too much pressure on the New Zealand batting talisman who had below-par innings of 34, 14, nine and a duck against Australia last month.

India captain Kohli, who also leads all three Indian sides, said leadership was not always determined by results. “It’s also about how you can get the team together and get the guys functioning under you as well, which I think Kane has done wonderfully well,” Kohli said.

Williamson, described by former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum as a “reluctant leader”, said he was always open to doing what is best for the team. “I do feel fortunate to be leading such a great group of guys that share a similar passion, which is to keep moving this team forward,” Williamson said. “If those (leadership) discussions are to eventuate and collectively there’s a thought that it would be best for the team, then my stance is whatever is right and fits the group.”