New Zealand captain Kane Williamson admitted that playing the second phase of Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates did help in understanding the conditions better in the lead up to the T20 World Cup.
New Zealand will be meeting England in the semi-final and on the eve of the match, Williamson said he had initially felt that Asian teams would have a distinct advantage but having played in the IPL made him realise that margins are fine.
The IPL and I suppose the other franchise comps, but certainly add a lot to the knowledge of the players from all countries, Williamson said at the pre-match press conference.
‘And also add to the experience of being able to share and I think we’ve seen in this tournament and we certainly saw in the second half of the IPL the variability and the surfaces which, perhaps lent itself more naturally to certain sides. But you sort of in the moment you compete in different games and the margins are fine.’ Williamson feels that while margins are indeed fine, New Zealand have also been ‘fortunate”.