New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is well aware that spinners will play an important role in the Test series against India. He hopes his left-arm spinner Ayaz Patel and off-spinner William Somerville will make a difference by adapting to the conditions. New Zealand had to face a crushing defeat in Kanpur in 2016. Ravichandran Ashwin played a key role then and Williamson knows what kind of pitches he will have to deal with on Indian grounds.
Williamson said on the eve of the first Test, “The role of spin will be decisive throughout the series. Many teams have faced such challenges and our expectations are not too much. Spin will play an important role. “Spinners like Ayaz and Somerville will play an important role in our bowling attack. Their role will be important especially in these circumstances. Fast bowlers are also expected to get reverse swing. We will try all the methods to take wickets so both fast bowlers and spinners will have a role. Williamson said that against Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja his batsmen not only have to keep wickets but also find ways to score runs. We know the strength of Indian spin bowlers and they have been doing well for a long time.
The Kiwi captain said, ‘We have to find ways to score runs and try to build partnerships. Every player is different, so his approach will also be different from the rest. He said that every player in the team knows his role and he expected the best from everyone. He added, ‘Everyone takes a different approach to make an impact. We have to be prepared for whatever challenges we have to face.
Williamson replied in the negative when asked whether the absence of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami makes New Zealand strong contenders for victory. “I don’t think we are strong contenders for victory. The strength of Indian cricket is its depth. His knowledge of his circumstances is unique and the challenge is great. We are excited to face it.