Kane Williamson response to Hardik Pandya's mercurial rise is brilliant!

This will be Virat Kohli-led team India's chance to finally defeat the Black Caps in the shortest format for the first time ever

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has revealed the Indian batsman the Kiwis are scared off and not surprisingly it is India’s allrounder, Hardik Pandya. Pandya has had a mercurial rise since he made it to the blues. He has also smashed an 86-ball 100. He has also been among the wickets and that is making him a potent weapon. Kane Williamson’s New Zealand would be India for a limited overs series and would be wary of the Indian spinners and Hardik Pandya, that is clear. Williamson is rated among the best batsman in the world. India will also be hosting 3 T20Is, a format in which India has never beaten the Kiwis and would like to set the record straight this time.

Lavishing praise on Pandya, the New Zealand star said: “Certainly in the last year or two, he’s been playing outstandingly well. We saw in the IPL and even in the series against us, he bowled very well. Now, we are seeing him coming along with the bat and making contributions that any team will be pretty happy they have from their allrounder.”

He’s a very vital player for the Indian side in terms of that fast bowling all-rounder that, I suppose, in these conditions that accommodate the spinners so much but to have someone that is the fast bowling all-rounder that bowls good pace and hits it out of the park is always exciting to have,” he added.

The Indian team has looked invincible since the Champions Trophy loss. Virat Kohli has made it clear that he is breeding a team for the 2019 cricket World Cup. He wants a pool of 20-25 players to pick from. The Kiwis will face a stern test against the hosts but with star bowlers in their line up, they will bank on their bowlers (Southee, Boult) to give them the advantage.