New Zealand star Kane Williamson, who missed the Kolkata Test due to a viral illness, was given a heroes’ welcome during a training session at Holkar Stadium.
Fit-again Williamson must have felt like his home ground when he stepped in the stadium. The crowd sitting in the Anil Kumble Stand gave a warm welcome to opposition captain who was returning to training for the first time since being ruled out of the second Test at Eden Gardens.
India outclassed Black Caps in the second Test in Kolkata with 178 runs. By doing so, the Blues not only claim the three-match series but also became the number one team in the International Cricket Council Test team rankings.
The New Zealand under Ross Taylor endured a 100-run deficit from the end of first innings. They managed to restrict the hosts to a low tally in the second innings but never recovered from the initial deficit, eventually suffering another brutal loss.
Tom Latham was the only one from the tourist side to grab a half-century. The remaining batsmen displayed dismal batting skills in the match.
The final Test between the two sides is scheduled in Indore and will start on 8th October. Williamson is eyeing to claw the Kiwis out of the misery and grab a consolation victory.
The 26 year old was seen in the practice nets at the Holker Stadium against the local bowlers including Jeetan Patel. The venue will be hosting its first Test match.
The Black Caps’ batting coach Craig McMillan was seen with the best batsman of the nation. The Indore fans cheered Williamson’s every stroke for around half an hour before the home captain Virat Kohli was seen in the ground.
Williamson’s movements were rusty since he is still in the recovery mode. However, the Black Caps fans can cheer that their best batsman is back in the field.
The high flying youngster has played 53 Tests out of which 13 were held in Asia. He has an amazing average of 47.82 in Asia in contrast with his overall average of 51.06. However, from six Tests in India, Williamson averaged only 38.72 including a ton on his debut in Ahmedabad six years ago.