Kane Williamson’s captaincy came under scanner after New Zealand faced a crushing loss in the Box Day Test against Australia. Many cricket experts including New Zealand’s former skipper, Brandon McCullum questioned Kane’s tactics.
New Zealand was drubbed 0-3 in that series.
McCullum even went on to say that Kane gradually lost his love for the role as captain, and he can quit captaincy in at least the T20 format.
Williamson himself confessed that he is ready to step down and make space for a new leader if the New Zealand Cricket suggests the same.
However, Virat Kohli who himself leads India in all three formats, said “People are sometimes too quick to blame the captains for a team’s loss. I don’t think leadership can always be determined by the results. It is 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.” He further added that Kane Williamson has the respect of his team-mates and he has trust in his team-mates, this a sign of a very smart cricketer.
Thus Virat Kohli stood in defense of his New Zealand’s counterpart by showing the utmost respect to him as New Zealand’s captain.
Virat was also questioned about how he himself deals with such questions, to which he replied, “These kinds of things do come up every now and then, whenever you have a setback. One thing I have done is I just focus on what I can do for the team and the vision that needs to be there to take the team forward.”
The opener game of the five-series T20I will be played on 24 January (Friday).
The Men in Blue will surely be eager to spill the same form against the Kiwis. Meanwhile, New Zealand will be looking forward to curb all the series and gain back their confidence.