Can captain Kane finally cross the last frontier?
Kane Williamson (Source: AP Newsroom)
New Zealand will be facing Australia in the first match of the Super 12 stage of T20 World Cup 2022 at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground. The Kiwis have been consistent performers in the big stages for the last few years. But when it comes to the matches that matter they are yet to display the nerves that is required to win a championship.
Going into the mega event, New Zealand's fate will depend a lot on how their skipper leads them. Kane Williamson as a skipper has been an ideal leader for them. He rarely loses his composure and is always there for his players on the field whenever they need him. But in the upcoming tournament what can e expect from the Kiwi leader.
Captain Kane's strategic acumen
Kane Williamson's captaincy record in T20Is
As far as captaincy skills are concerned there can be no question over Williamson's ability. He has not always been blessed with the best of teams, yet he has been able to show some decent numbers as a skipper.
In the upcoming World Cup also we hope to see Williamson keeping his cool in pressure situations. This time around the squad under him also looks pretty balanced so the Black Caps' fans can expect a good run from their team.
Williamson's T20I form
Kane Williamson has been an integral part of the New Zealand batting order. Over the past few years he has played the role of the anchor for his team at number 3. The Kiwi batting has always revolved around Williamson who keeps on going about his business silently.
Kane Williamson's T20I record and recent form
But as the T20I format has evolved, his inability to change gears quickly has come forward as a weakness. Where the game stands at present a strike rate of 121.43 (as per his current form) might prove costly to his team. But, then again it is Williamson we are talking about and his class is unarguably amongst the best of world cricket at present.
So, it will be interesting to see how Williamson adapts or changes his game during the tournament. Overall his batting will surely leave an impact on how New Zealand performs in the T20 World Cup 2022.