New Zealand focused on how to best combat Virat Kohli, says Kane Williamson

first_img Press Trust of India NapierJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 16:48 IST India and New Zealand will play 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKane Williamson calls Virat Kohli a passionate and world-class cricketer”He’s a respectful guy and I’ve known him for a very long time,” WilliamsonThe five-match ODI series between India and New Zealand starts on WednesdayNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson has said they will primarily be focused on how to “best combat” Virat Kohli in the limited-overs series starting from Wednesday in Napier. India and New Zealand play 5 one day internationals and 3 Twenty20 internationals from January 23 to February 10.Virat Kohli on Tuesday became the first player to win the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) ODI Cricketer of the Year, the Test Cricketer of the Year and the 2018 Cricketer of the Year.Virat Kohli finished as the highest scorer in Test cricket in 2018 with 1322 runs in 13 matches at an average of 55.08 with five hundreds and as many half-centuries while also finishing on top of the ODI runs tally with 1202 runs in 14 ODIs at 133.55 with six centuries.”Someone like Virat is certainly a player I admire and enjoy watching and he’s pushing the boundaries of the game so that’s brilliant,” Williamson said on the eve of first ODI.He said Kohli was a passionate and world-class cricketer.”He’s a respectful guy and I’ve known him for a very long time but as a player, obviously, word class and our focus is more about that and his cricketing ability and how we can combat him as best as we can,” Williamson said.Williamson felt that the passion with which Kohli approaches his cricket has made him a crowd puller around the world.”He’s always a challenge to come up against and is someone who is most admired in terms of how he goes about his cricket and he’s formidable in his run scoring so he’s definitely a player of note to try to shut down.”advertisementWilliamson believed the pitch at McLean Park could aid batsmen.”…So it’s important the batting group puts together a plan that is good but, at the same time, the bowlers have a massive role in that in trying to nullify the strengths in both oppositions,” he said.Returning the compliment, the Indian run-machine also lauded the prolific Williamson, calling him one of the best in the world.”Williamson is easily one of the best players in the world. So easy on the eye, great to watch and I personally enjoy his batting and when he is on song he is easily one of the most attractive batsmen to watch.”He is always going to be a solid player for NZ purely because of what all he has done over the years in all three formats.”Kohli picked Williamson and Ross Taylor as batsmen his team would look to dismiss cheaply.”He more or less makes the team win when he is scoring runs, so that tells you about his awareness about the game and hence he is leading the side and guiding it in the right direction. So Kane will be a factor but at the same time Rosco (Taylor) and other guys as well.”You can’t take anyone for granted and their batting revolves around Kane and Ross in ODIs especially, the other guys bat around them and we are aware of that and working on our plans,” Kohli said.Also Read | Virat Kohli first player ever to win consecutive ICC Cricketer of the Year awardsAlso Read | Virat Kohli completes historic hat-trick: Full list of ICC award winnersAlso Read | Virat Kohli not New Zealand’s only concern: Ross Taylor wary of Rohit and DhawanAlso Read | MS Dhoni eyes Sachin Tendulkar’s record in New Zealand after hitting form in AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow Virat Kohli New Zealand focused on how to best combat Virat Kohli, says Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson said India skipper Virat Kohli will be their primary target during the limited-overs series between the two countries.advertisementlast_img

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