Williamson: McCullum changed the style of the game

Williamson was not too enthusiastic to bank on the statistics part of having never lost to India in a T20 international before.

Kane Williamson said that he knows Brendon McCullum will be following the side closely during the World T20 despite not being involved with the game.   -  AP

New Zealand captain >Kane Williamson believes that the spinners will play a big part in this T20 World Cup and that his players are aware of it and in the process of making the key adjustments to their game.

“We have had good preparations both in UAE and in Mumbai before the opener (against India at the VCA Stadium here on Tuesday). Yes there is a need to adapt to the different conditions here and adjust our game accordingly,” the 25-year-old star batsman remarked ahead of the big match.

On the not-so-impressive record of New Zealanders in World Cups (different formats), the Kiwi skipper said that they were determined to do as well as they could in this edition and try to win it.

“It is exciting to be here as the Cup is bound to be very competitive. We are in the mood to challenge the other teams,” he added.

Williamson was not too enthusiastic to bank on the statistics part of having never lost to India in a T20 international before.

“Every game is different. Important for us to stick to our plans. We know India is a very strong side,” he remarked.

“I did not have a look at the Nagpur pitch here (which did help the bowlers especially the slower ones in the qualifiers). But I repeat we have to adjust to the conditions prevalent,” Williamson pointed out.

Questioned whether they had the ideal preparations before this World Cup, Williamson felt what was important was the volume of cricket they played before this edition.

The New Zealand captain, when asked whether anyone in the current team persuaded former captain >Brendon McCullum to change his decision to retire before this World Cup, merely said that they were fortunate to have played alongside such a great player.

“But so many other aspects of life were the reason for his decision to quit. He is very close to the side. I know he will be following us in this World Cup,” he observed.

“It is a fact that Brendon changed the style of the game itself as captain and with his batting at the top. And, we are raring to go in this World Cup,” he said.