Kane Williamson expressed his wariness of India’s strength, supported by the packed-stadium, however, he also remains confident that New Zealand can cause an upset in the semifinals, just like they did in the previous tournament. In the past, New Zealand has been a stumbling block for the Indian cricket team in ICC tournaments. In the 2019 World Cup, they defeated India in the semifinals, and then in the 2021 WTC Final. The upcoming India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) match in the World Cup holds great importance. While India has been unstoppable in the tournament so far, winning all nine games, Kane Williamson is cautious of the threat posed by Rohit Sharma & Co.
In a press conference before the semifinals, Kane Williamson praised Rohit Sharma & Co for their aggressive approach. He acknowledged the tough challenge presented by India but also stressed the importance of starting fresh in the finals. He also pointed out that every team in the current tournament is capable of defeating another on any given day, making the games unpredictable.
Regarding India’s lack of a sixth bowling option, Williamson highlighted how every team has its own balance and dynamics, and the absence of Hardik Pandya has changed India’s equation. He believes that his team has done well in the competition and is looking forward to the upcoming match with fresh eyes.
Williamson also expressed his appreciation for playing against a passionate Indian crowd, stating that it is a unique experience that not many players get. He acknowledges the support India will receive but also looks forward to embracing the special atmosphere and challenging the host team in the semifinals.