Kane Williamson is the best batsman from New Zealand feels Ian Smith ahead of the finals of World Cup 2019

Ian Smith applauded Kane Williamson's captaincy and his batting prowess and went on to add that he is the best player from the country
Kane Williamson is the best batsman from New Zealand feels Ian Smith ahead of the finals of World Cup 2019Kane Williamson is the best batsman from New Zealand feels Ian Smith ahead of the finals of World Cup 2019
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Former New Zealand wicket-keeper Ian Smith believes that current Kiwi captain Kane Willaismon is the best batsman to have played for the country. According to the commentator, if Martin Crowe, who is widely regarded as New Zealand's best palyer, had been alive, he would have been the first to admit that Williamson was the greatest player from the nation. 

"Kane is so highly ranked in the world, so it's no surprise that he is seriously highly ranked in New Zealand too. Probably our best player and when you combine leadership with it, I think we can safely say so," Smith told PTI .

"I was a great friend of Martin Crowe, a buddy of mine, who is no longer with us. I think even Martin would have acknowledged that Kane is pretty special, and it's hard to deny that," said Smith.

New Zealand defeated India in the semis of the World Cup 2019, as they successfully defended a target of 239. The first spell from Matt Henry and Trent Boult reduced India to 24 for 4, and Smith believes that it was one of the finest displays of fast bowling from the duo. 

"I knew they could defend that total because that's the way they fight and scrap it out. Once they got to 239, it was all about bowling well in the first 5-10 overs. Had Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli got away with it, it would have been all over," Smith, who played 63 Tests, said.

"In such a situation, I think it's unbelievable. They (Henry and Boult) had one chance to deliver. Henry in particular never quite had that reputation but with Trent Boult, you can expect that. It was brilliant."

New Zealand will now take on England in the summit clash on Sunday.

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