ICC World Cup Semi-Final: Kane Williamson believes semi-final against India a 'fresh start' for New Zealand

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was full of confidence ahead of their ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final clash against table toppers India. Here's what he had to say
ICC World Cup Semi-Final: Kane Williamson believes semi-final against India a 'fresh start' for New ZealandICC World Cup Semi-Final: Kane Williamson believes semi-final against India a 'fresh start' for New Zealand
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New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson believes that the semi-final game against India will give them an ideal chance to make a "fresh start" to the tournament. His side has ended the group stage after three defeats against Pakistan, Australia and England. In spite of losing these many games, they managed to pip Pakistan for a place in the knockouts on better Net Run Rate (NRR).

But the Kiwi skipper was full of confidence ahead of the knockouts. He said, " We definitely deserve to be here, that was reflected in the standings. Whether we're underdogs or not, it doesn't really matter. No side has gone through the competition unbeaten. Although we've qualified fourth we've got as equal opportunity as anybody else. Going into the tournament with every team having nine round-robin matches we knew that on any day that anybody can beat anybody. It's one of those occasions where every team has worked so hard to end up in the last four where, to a certain extent it all starts again where the day comes and anything can happen. All sides have beaten one another on a number of occasions throughout the last few years, so it is a really exciting opportunity for all teams. I think for everybody it sort of starts fresh tomorrow. It's just a great occasion to be a part of. I know the guys are really excited by the opportunity to go out and play with that freedom that gives us the best chance."

The Kiwis have been heavily reliant on Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor to deliver the goods with the bat every single time. On the bowling front, Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson have been the star performers for their side. If the duo gets going by picking up few quick wickets early on in the innings it might be very difficult for the opposition to post a formidable total.

On Rohit Sharma, the skipper said, "Rohit has clearly been the stand-out batter in this tournament so far and been batting beautifully. It is another day where both sides will be trying to adjust to the conditions as quickly as possible and both teams will be looking for early wickets regardless of what their name may be".

In the other semi-final Defending champions Australia will clash against Hosts England at Birmingham on Thursday.   

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