New Zealand captain Kane Williamson brought his ‘A’ game to the fore as he went on to score a brilliant 85-run shot from just 48 balls to bring his team to a total of 172/4 after a slow start in the T20 World Cup 2021 final against Australia in the Dubai International Stadium. Experts, current and former cricketers have watched Williamson launch his innings to perfection, and greeted the inspiring blow that could very well determine the course of the title clash. Williamson, who was dropped in the 11th over of the match, gathered his composure to challenge the bowlers later in the innings. And with this beat, he became the captain with the highest score in a T20 World Cup final and overtook Kumar Sangakkara.
The amazing performance was recognized by former Indian opening batsman Wasim Jaffer.
Jaffer took to Twitter and explained in his own way how Williamson attacked Australian bowlers in the second half of his innings with precision stroke play and minimum risks.
“Kane Williamson does not hurt you with power, if he plays well it’s like death with a thousand cuts … literally. What a joy to see a champion batsman at the height of his ability to party up the big stage is coming. # AUSvNZ # T20WorldCupFinal, ”he wrote.
Kane Williamson does not hurt you with power, if he plays well it’s like death with a thousand cuts … literally. What a joy to see a champion batsman at the height of his prowess come to the party on the big stage. #AUSvNZ # T20 World Cup Final
– Wasim Jaffer (@ WasimJaffer14) 14 November 2021
Commentator Harsha Bhogle also highlighted how the New Zealand captain changed gears during his innings.
Bhogle wrote: “The sign of a great batsman. I must be crazy about how Kane Williamson changed gears without a stroke in sight. It’s a great turn. 18 (19) then 51 (20). “
The sign of a great batsman. I must be crazy about how Kane Williamson shifted gears without a hitch in sight. It’s a great turn. 18 (19) and 51 (20)
– Harsha Bhogle (bhogleharsha) 14 November 2021
Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was in disbelief on a Williamson shot that went for a four on a high full shoot.
“How on earth did Kane Williamson get that high full throw away for a boundary in front of center wicket #NZvAUS,” Ashwin wrote.
How on earth did Kane Williamson get that high full throw away for a boundary in front of center wicket #NZvAUS
– Ashwin (@ ashwinravi99) 14 November 2021
Others, including Afghan leg spinner Rashid Khan, also acknowledged Williamson’s epic beating with a tweet.
“KANEE MAMAAAA,” he wrote.
– Rashid Khan (@ rashidkhan_19) 14 November 2021
Australia were finally set a target of 173 runs to win in 20 overs to clinch their first ever T20 world title.
New Zealand’s total is so far the highest in a T20 World Cup final by a team, and therefore the Australian batting line-up will have to be at its best to chase the target against a disciplined bowling attack.