Rediff – ‘He has done very well and shown there is a spot in T20 for classical player.’

IMAGE: Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson has been in superb form with the bat — scoring 625 runs from 13 games so far.

Summary

  • Photograph: BCCIKane Williamson has shown that classically elegant batsmen, too, could prosper big time in the slam-bang world of Indian Premier League cricket and former Australia batsman Dean Jones wants the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Gautam Gambhir, who have struggled in this year’s IPL, to take cues from the New Zealand captain.
  • Jones, whose most famous Test innings was a double century he struck in stifling heat and humidity in the tied Test against India at Chennai in 1986, noted that Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Williamson has played with far more freedom and gets into a classical position before he hits the ball.
  • “You have other guys like Gambhir (who quit midway in IPL-11 as captain of Delhi Daredevils), Rahane, for example, also classical players who might be wise to give him a call, watch him and see how he has gone about getting his strike rates into 130s-140s.
  • “You tell me that Kane Williamson (who has scored 625 runs from 13 games so far) is stronger than Rahane and Gambhir, of course not, but the fact is that he has played with a bit more freedom and he gets into classic positions before he hits a ball.
  • He has done very well and shown there is a spot in T20 for classical player,” Jones explained.


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