Sunrisers captaincy a great opportunity, says Williamson

Kane Williamson led Sunrisers Hyderabad to a comfortable nine-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

Kane Williamson's captaincy debut with Sunrisers got off to a winning start against Rajasthan Royals.   -  K. V. S. Giri

Sunrisers captain Kane Willliamson, who took over the reins of the team following the ban on regular captain David Warner, said it is a great opportunity for him. In his first match in charge, he led the team to a comfortable nine-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in Hyderabad on Monday.

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“It is a great opportunity. Fortunate to be able to do it. Obviously, David is a huge part of this team. Fantastic performer, led the team superbly well. There are some changes this year. But, it was nice to come out and play well as a team. It’s important we look to improve and grow on this performance for the next game,” he said.

He said Warner is a world-class player and that his absence is a big loss for the team.

“I don’t think anyone can replace David. He is world class player. It is a big loss for us,” he said, hoping that Wriddhiman Saha, who opened the innings along with Shikhar Dhawan, would be able to come up with a good performance in the coming days.

Bowling is Sunrisers’ strength and they did a great job in containing the Rajasthan Royals, Williamson said.

“We do have a strong bowling attack. It is a strength of us and the guys executed very well today (Monday). So, we have another challenge coming up in a few days time and it is important we look to build on that performance,” he said.

He said T20 format requires aggressive cricket and Dhawan, who smashed 78 runs in 57 balls, came in for praise.

“T20 cricket, I suppose, requires aggressive cricket. Shikhar has been in really good space for quite some time. He had a good year last year. The intent he showed today (against RR) and he has done for India was superb.

“It was just an outstanding performance from him to keep that pressure on the Rajasthan attack,” he added.