New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson’s recent performance in the shortest format has raised many eyebrows. Williamson was the highest run-scorer but the major concern was his strike rate. The problem with his strike rate is not new as far as the shortest format is concerned.
After the shocking decision of the Hyderabad franchise to not retain him for the next season, the Kiwi is in a tight spot before the mini-auction of the next edition of the Indian T20 League that is set to take place on December 23, 2022, in Kochi. He was retained by Hyderabad for INR 14 crore last year before the mega auction.
‘I still have that motivation’: Kane Williamson
Williamson will find his name at the mini-auction for the upcoming season of the cash-rich league. His recent performance might not be enough for him to be picked up by any franchise but his leadership skills can make him demandable. When asked about the chances of him being picked up in the auction, he said that these things are not in his hand and he has to wait for it.
"In terms of the auction. You know I'll have to wait and see. It's certainly not up to me. People make decisions about their team and what they are after. That's the nature of how it works," Williamson told reporters before the first ODI against India.
Williamson also talked about his strike rate and workload of playing and leading the team in all three formats. He also said that the focus will be on the next year’s ODI World cup from now.
"I still love playing all three formats. I enjoy switching between the three. As a player, I'm always looking to keep improving. I still have that motivation. It was a bit frustrating, the other night. That's the way it goes sometimes. I'm still looking at the areas where I can add value. After a large volume of T20 cricket and the World Cup, naturally, the focus shifts to the next one and that is the (global) ODI tournament," the 32-year-old said.