New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson, who has been named as stand-in skipper for the injured Ross Taylor, is confident of leading the side in a great fashion against West Indies.
The Black Caps are due to meet the Windies in a complete One Day International series, starting with the opening game on Friday. After Taylor’s injury, the selectors found Williamson as the best option to hand over the leadership duties.
Williamson, who is going to become New Zealand’s youngest ODI captain ever, wants to shoulder responsibilities on a longer basis. However, he will have to wait for that, as the vice-captain Brendon McCullum will join the crew mid-way through the Caribbean
“He’s obviously been the vice captain in the Test team when he was there and no doubt for the one-dayers when he’s around, so I’d imagine it would be up until that time," Williamson told reporters on Tuesday.
Williamson was not quite impressive with his captaincy skills, when he was given the responsibility for the second T20 match against West Indies a few days ago. Under his command, the Kiwis suffered an embarrassing 61-run defeat.
On his first outing as captain, he uttered, "It was a shame obviously to lose in the fashion we did in the first game but I certainly enjoyed captaining that game and felt reasonably comfortable with the lads in the team and leading them in that way.”
"It is nice to have a few more days of preparation for this next game and hopefully things will be a little smoother throughout the park and all the lads will know their roles etc. It’s obviously a slightly longer format so it won’t be as intense.”
The classy batsman has done this job very well at the age-ground level in New Zealand. However, he is yet to do well as captain at the highest level of the sport. On his captaincy mantra, he shared that leading by example is the most important thing for
“Having a good relationship with Rosco while he’s out and the coach John Wright so everyone is on the same page and we’re moving forward and improving," he described.