Saturday, November 6, 2010
Williamson shows his class
When I wrote an article for the first time in July, or for that matter a few days back about Williamson's maiden one-day hundred in Bangladesh, I didn't envisage that in a few days time, I would be compelled to write another article in praise of Williamson. Yes, since the time I saw him bat in the under 19 world cup in Malaysia, I have been eagerly awaiting for him to make his debut as he came across as a batsman, who has the potential to succeed at the highest level yet, I don't think anyone could have envisaged him getting his first one-day hundred as well as playing out more than couple of sessions on the slow wickets in India at the age of just 20.
Today, Williamson and Ryder showed exemplary technique and also great temperament to play out more than two sessions on a slow track at Ahmadabad. The feature of Williamson's knock was his ability to play late, the way he used the depth of the crease and his shot selection on a slow track. All three factors are needed to succeed in the subcontinent, as on the slow tracks of the subcontinent, it isn't easy to hit on the up. The fact though is, most batsmen who play for the first time in the subcontinent struggle, but Williamson played like he has already 50 tests under his belt. From whatever little I have seen of him, he is also a stroke-maker, but today on a slow wicket, he showed great application by waiting for the loose ball. In-fact, his shot selection resembled that of a 50 test veteran. Yes, he had a slice of luck, when he wasn't given caught behind of Zaheer's bowling, but it is India's fault that they didn't take the UDRS for the series.
Now, I won't forget Ryder's knock either as he too showed great application to play for more than two sessions and score a hundred, though I don't understand him getting a runner for just a cramp! In my opinion, the innings of the day though was by Williamson, as I have rarely seen a debutant play with such composure on a slow wicket in the subcontinent.
As far as the wicket is concerned, it is very slow and once a batsman gets in, it is hard to dislodge him. The Indian bowlers, especially the spin twins were disappointing as when they were bowling, it seemed like they were robots manufactured in a factory. Ojha has good control, but doesn't have the subtle variations that Vettori has and doesn't use the crease.
Anyway, it is great to see a young batsman step up-to the plate and do well for the Kiwis and the Kiwis desperately needed a talented young batsman. Actually, a batting line-up of Taylor, Ryder, McCullum and Williamson looks very promising.