Williamson is one of the bright spots in the current New Zealand squad
Current New Zealand Twenty20 and ODI captain Kane Williamson has revealed that he believes India are the team to beat in this year’s International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty20 World Cup.
However, Williamson is also not ruling out the possibility of Sri Lanka or Pakistan having a great chance of winning the World Cup since both countries are very familiar with the conditions.
But, Williamson has warned the opposing teams not to rule out New Zealand, even though they are going through a rough period currently.
Speaking exclusively to Pakpassion.net, Williamson said: “It’s going to be a difficult challenge for the non Asian sides in Sri Lanka. Having said that though I feel we have the players who can do well in those sorts of tournaments like we showed in the World Cup last year.”
Williamson, also noted that his team-mates should have the intensity and desire to win, if they are going to have any chance of defeating the stronger teams in the tournament.
“The boys will be really excited and we know we can beat anyone on our day. The key is to keep on looking to improve and we know that when we go onto that international stage against the world’s best, we can go there with confidence and know that if we come off, we can beat anybody,” he said.
“The obvious favourites are India, although Pakistan and Sri Lanka are also strong contenders as they are familiar with the conditions. But there are other great teams around too that will push the Indian, Pakistani and Sri Lankan sides. Twenty20 cricket is just so unpredictable, who knows on the day – anything is literally possible,” he added.
Williamson, has recently become a vital member of the New Zealand squad in all three formats of the game, and looks to captain his side to victory in the ICC World Twenty20.
In 12 Test matches, Williamson has already registered two centuries and four half-centuries, while in 24 ODI appearances, he has two centuries and one half century to his name as well.