A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Kane Williamson expects tough road ahead as New Zealand captain

Williamson had a tough time as captain during the series against the West Indies

Newly appointed New Zealand ODI captain Kane Williamson is looking forward to leading his squad to victory in their upcoming series against India after a disappointing performance against the West Indies.

However, with Williamson already tasting his first series defeat as captain, he knows that the road ahead will not be an easy one, especially since his squad has been hit with numerous injury woes throughout the West Indies tour.

Willamson became New Zealand’s youngest ODI captain when he led the squad against the West Indies in the first ODI in Jamaica.

But Williamson believes his reign as captain will not last long since Brendon McCullum is in the running to take over as captain.

Speaking to reporters, Williamson said: “He’s obviously been the vice-captain in the Test team when he was there and no doubt for the one-dayers when he’s around, so I’d imagine it would be up until that time.”

Williamson took over as captain after Ross Taylor injured his shoulder in the first Twenty20 International against the West Indies, which left him little time to really get a feel of what the pressure is like to lead the national team.

“It was a shame obviously to lose in the fashion we did in the first game but I certainly enjoyed captaining that game and felt reasonably comfortable with the lads in the team and leading them in that way,” Williamson said when asked about what it felt like to be captain in his first game.

Williamson is now the fourth youngest captain to lead his country in ODI cricket history, with the top three being Bangladesh’s Rajin Saleh and Zimbabwean pair Tatenda Taibu and Prosper Utseya.

When asked about how Williamson did in his first match as captain, Ross Taylor said: “He was obviously very nervous and he only had a day to prepare, his bowling changes were very good and he went with his gut which is quite often what you have to do. He’s going to do the job for a few more games yet and he showed promising signs and the team got in behind him.”

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