New Zealand captain and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) star batsman and skipper, Kane Williamson, confessed that he idolised Indian batting supremo and cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar as a youngster. Speaking to the media during a promotional event on Sunday (April 15), Kane Williamson said that he had met the ‘God of Cricket’ on his debut for New Zealand, and was also distracted after having an irresistible urge to constantly check out what Tendulkar was doing.
When Kane Williamson met Sachin Tendulkar for the first time
As reported by NDTV Sports, Kane Williamson spoke about the first time he met Sachin Tendulkar, and said, “The first time I met him was in my debut game for New Zealand. I was watching him on the field, wondering what he was doing. It was a really nice experience. He is a legend of the game.”
With the IPL 2018 already having gone through intense clashes and heart-throbbing match results in the first week of the season, Kane Williamson-captained Sunrisers Hyderabad are enjoying the top position in the IPL 2018 standings, winning three successive games to start their campaign on a promising high.
Kane Williamson, who is touted as one of the best batsmen of the modern times, along with Virat Kohli, Joe Root and Steve Smith, shared his experience from when he first met Sachin Tendulkar, and revealed that some of his favourite cricketers were Indians.
“Some of my favourite cricketers have been Indians. Indian player Sachin Tendulkar, I met him during my debut for New Zealand. We were playing against each other, and I was looking at what he was doing. That was a bit of distraction,” said Williamson.
Kane Williamson had scored 131 runs in his debut Test in Ahmedabad eight years back, however, missing the chance to bat in the second innings as the match had ended in a draw.
Was great to learn from the Indian cricket legends, says Kane Williamson
Besides Sachin Tendulkar, the MS Dhoni-led Indian cricket team had the likes of Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in their ranks. For Kane Williamson, it was literally a privilege to have met them and learn from them. The 27-year-old SRH skipper said,
“There were so many great players in the team. Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman…they are such fantastic people…open to talk to about the game of cricket. I was 19-20 and it was great opportunity to get alongside the legends of the game and pick their brains.”
Williamson scored a 44-ball 50 to help Sunrisers Hyderabad win the clash against Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets at the Eden Gardens on Saturday (April 14), recording their third straight victory in the IPL 2018 season. The 27-year-old was praised by India opener Shikhar Dhawan, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan and bowling coach and former Sri Lankan spin great Muttiah Muralitharan.
Watch: Video Highlights from KKR vs SRH clash on April 14