No wild slogs, no pounding of the cricket ball. Just plain cricketing shots from the textbook with a slight bit of innovation, but keeping intact the discipline.
It was that kind of an innings on Wednesday night by Sunrisers Hyderbad’s Kane Williamson, who was playing his first game this season.
There were gentle dabs, a soft smother, running hard between the wickets, getting his eye in and then teeing off kind of a pattern.
All this brought up his first half-century in his first game for the Sunrisers. Elated on contributing to the team in a winning cause, Williamson spoke to iplt20.com about his chanceless knock.
First game this season and straightaway a match-winning half century. Couldn’t have asked for a better start, could you?
Yes, what you set out to do is to contribute to the team in whatever way possible. I am just fortunate to get a game tonight and to contribute to a winning cause for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
How difficult is it to perform right away when you get a go, especially after you have been on the bench for the first few games?
Sitting on the bench for the fi rst few games is part and parcel, and the guys (who got a chance to play) were doing a fantastic job. Being on the sidelines you are always practicing to be as ready as you can for your first game. It has to do a lot with the mental shift from the other formats that we have been playing. That is the challenge;you have to be in tune with everything and be ready whenever need be.
You spoke of the mental shift. How did you get into your zone tonight? Take us though your innings and that partnership with Shikhar Dhawan.
It is all about playing the situation to the best you can. Shikhar Dhawan was superb today and the way he crafted in the middle overs and picked up the strike-rate towards the end was brilliant. Our partnership helped the team to put up a big score.
We knew that there was a lot of firepower in the hut. You are trying to do the team justice by increasing the strike rate. I think the way Shikhar played – having a higher strike-rate than me, allowed me to get in, take my time and then tee off.
T20 is very fickle in its nature, so you are fortunate that some of your risks do come off.