India vs New Zealand: Kane Williamson says Test series a great learning curve for young team

FP Sports, Oct, 11 2016

India might have totally outclassed New Zealand in the Test series but captain Kane Williamson has drawn some positives, saying that it was a good learning experience for this young Kiwi side.

"The beauty of it is that we have a young side, and we can learn after being exposed against the best bowling attack in the world," Williamson said in the post-match presentation ceremony. "It's a shame we haven't done so quickly enough. It's tough to swallow, but the opportunity to learn playing against some of the best bowlers in the world in these conditions is a big thing," he added.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in deep thought on day 4 of 3rd Test. AP

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in deep thought on day 4 of 3rd Test. AP

India have been true heavyweights at home and Williamson admitted that he knew from the start that the series is going to be tough.

"That's fair, we knew coming in, it was going to be tough. We wanted to show better cricket than we did, but full credit to India," the New Zealand captain said.

Williamson conceded that India outplayed the visitors in the Indore Test which saw a brilliant crowd turn out on its debut.

"They outplayed us in all areas and we have to weather these wounds," he said.

"I suppose in this match, we can look at a number of areas we didn't do too well. India from the start outplayed
us, getting such a big total. And we knew it would be a tough task batting last on this pitch last. They're No 1 in the world, a fantastic effort," Williamson added.

After being whitewashed in the Test series, New Zealand will now look to regroup and aim for a better showing in the ODI series which starts from the 16 October.

With inputs from PTI

Published Date: Oct 11, 2016 | Updated Date: Oct 11, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115