Icons of the game not being in their best touch is nothing new. Every sportsman goes through a phase where they can’t reach their potential. However, no matter what sport it is and how big the athlete is in terms of status; if the bad run of form continues for too long, questions are raised over their position. Same is the case right now with Kane Williamson. Williamson is one of the ‘Fab Four’ batters.
However, for the last two years, he has been struggling to perform well. Willamson’s case is different from that of Kohli. While Kohli was being criticized for poor form, his performances were still pretty impressive as compared to other batters. However, this is not the case with Williamson. He has failed to get going for a number of innings now. Questions have also been raised over his captaincy.
Tom Latham, captaining New Zealand in Williamson’s absence, has led the side to victories in all of the 11 ODIs he has captained in. If New Zealand want to better their performance in T20 World Cup 2022, Williamson’s contribution will matter a lot. It was his terrific knock of 85 that had put New Zealand in the driver’s seat in the previous world cup until Warner and Marsh turned up to the party.
Stead Defends Williamson’s Form And Captaincy Position
“I think it is always difficult when you have had such a prolific run-scorer as what Kane’s been,” Stead said a day after New Zealand were bowled out for 82 in the second ODI against Australia to concede the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. “I think what everyone remembers is immediately [before] his elbow injury, when he was in the richest vein of form that perhaps some players have ever been in.”
Kane is one of the hardest workers I have seen on his game and he continues to be,” he said. “A big score is around the corner. Kane is a very, very consistent trainer. Regardless of if he is scoring runs or not, he appears to me to train the same way.”