Disappointed Williamson hopes Kiwis improve in ODI series

The New Zealand batting unit, which had let them down five times in the series thus far but had showed enough spark to pose questions to India’s bowlers, gave up without any resistance against what Williamson termed as a "quality" bowling attack.

Despite being competitive, Kane Williamson’s men, on Tuesday, staged a meek surrender on what turned out to be the last day of the Test series.   -  PTI

They may have started Day Four with a huge deficit. They may have been trying hard to not think of the inevitable clean sweep. Still, the Black Caps had been competitive for most of the series. All that came to nought on Tuesday as Kane Williamson’s men staged a meek surrender on what turned out to be the last day of the Test series.

The New Zealand batting unit, which had let them down five times in the series thus far but had showed enough spark to pose questions to India’s bowlers, gave up without any resistance against what Williamson termed as a “quality” bowling attack.

“Naturally it’s very disappointing. Going into match wanted to put together more complete performance, wasn’t the case. Once again some fighting contributions with bat, boys tried really hard in field on wicket not offering much initially,” said Williamson. “In a similar position to what we were after last couple games. Is a shame, did expect more and wanted to show learnings. Huge amount of learnings coming out of series in these conditions. Disappointing not to make adjustments quicker during series.”

Despite varying nature of surfaces for all three matches of the series, it bore the same tone in a way. With Virat Kohli continuing his lady luck with spin of the coin, Indian batsmen made first use of the pitch, which starts to wear as the game progresses, making the visiting team’s life more difficult in the latter half.

Asked if he had a word of advice for the three other teams that will travel to India for Test matches later on this season, Williamson instantly responded: “Winning the toss would be helpful, that’s a challenge in itself.” Once the laughter in the enclosure subsided, the Kiwi captain admitted it would be a humongous task for England, Bangladesh or Australia to overcome India in such conditions.

“Certainly (you) have to be at your best. India were far superior in this series, but it depends on the surfaces. Important to spend time at crease creating pressure batting first if possible. This India side a very good team and they know these conditions better than anyone,” he said, hoping to improve on the team’s performance in the forthcoming five-ODI series.