Kane Williamson, with his appetite for big scores and mountain a lot of runs, will be a threat for team India when they face the Kiwis.
Kane Williamson was rested from the recently-finished T20I series, which team India won by 3-0.
The NZ skipper will look to mark his domination in the Test series.
He will look to get the better of the Indian side again after beating them in the maiden edition of the World Test Championship (WTC) final.
Kane Williamson has always scored runs against team India in important matches and especially in ICC events.
Currently, he is the number 2 ranked Test batsman and he is just two points behind the number 1 ranked test batter, Joe Root.
All things considered, India has played many games against Williamson and must have analyses his strengths and weaknesses.
They will hope to send him walking back to the pavilion early on.
Let us investigate a few strategies India can use to dismiss Kane Williamson.
Hit the ball short early on
Kane Williamson isn’t a slouch with regards to playing with the short ball.
Across his Test vocation, the New Zealand captain has been immensely effective in managing bouncers.
However, Kane has started to struggle more against short-pitched bowling in recent times.
The Kiwi skipper averages around 90 short balls per dismissal, but that number has dropped to 60 in recent years.
Indian bowlers will find this data useful.
A storm of short balls early on against Williamson could increase the chances of the batter playing a wrong shot.
Ashwin vs Kane Williamson
Ravichandran Ashwin has been one of India’s best spin bowlers and he is also the best bowler to get the better of the Kiwi star.
Williamson is an outstanding batsman and he is also brilliant against spin bowling but we have seen him struggling a bit against R. Ashwin in recent times.
Ashwin has dismissed Williamson five times in Test cricket so far.
Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan has been the last seamer to dismiss Williamson four times in test cricket.
Kane Williamson will be the most important batsman for New Zealand in this series and that is why he is the biggest threat for team India.
Ashwin should be brought on early against Kane Williamson because of he can get him out then India will be on the upper hand.
This will be a great battle to watch out for in this entire series.
Sheer pace will be the key
Kane Williamson is a wonderful player but he struggles against sheer pace at the start of his innings.
Williamson has been caught behind in 26.1 percent of his dismissals against the fast bowlers.
Whether it’s express pace, the odd bouncer, or quality swing, Williamson has shown some vulnerability against pace bowling.
That’s a benefit considering the seam attack India has at this time.
If we look at percentages, Williamson has been bowled out 19 times, which becomes 14.5%, and caught out 56 times (42.7%).
His 18 LBW dismissals make up for 13.7 percent.
However, express pace seems to be a better option.