Kane Williamson reflects on India’s dominant batting performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 semi-final

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New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson acknowledged India’s dominant batting display in the World Cup semi-final in Mumbai, where New Zealand fell short by 70 runs in their chase of 398.
India’s explosive batting performance set up the highest total by any team in an ODI knockout game, leaving New Zealand struggling in their chase. Williamson credited India for their outstanding performance and admitted that it was tough for his team to compete after India’s imposing total.

“They didn’t give us a sniff really,” Williamson said. “I suppose if you bat first and put 400 on the board, it’s a tick in the batting column and you go and try and do the job in the second half. And it was tough out there, the ball swung a lot initially, so we had to work pretty hard but credit to India, they thoroughly deserve to be where they are and they’ve played outstandingly well.”

Despite the tough chase, Williamson commended his team for their efforts and emphasized the pride he felt in their performance throughout the tournament. He also highlighted the remarkable contributions of players like Rachin Ravindra and Daryl Mitchell, who stepped up in the absence of injured players to keep the runs coming for the team.

“[There have been] some incredible contributions,” Williamson said. “As a team, there’s a real commitment to the cricket we wanted to play, and we wholeheartedly did that. Naturally, we got Rachin and Daryl Mitchell, who were special throughout this whole campaign. As a collective, bowlers chipped in here and there. It was tough for them at times, [they showed] a lot of fight, really proud of that. We certainly want to come into each game and show that even if it doesn’t quite go our way like today. Ultimately, it’s moving forward as a team and [we took] some really good steps in the right direction.”

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