New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on Tuesday admitted that he does not mind the ‘underdog’ tag in the World Cup 2023 semi-final against India. He praised the Indian team for their brilliant performance even in the absence of Hardik Pandya. India are considered strong contenders to win the first semi-final on Wednesday. In 2019, New Zealand won the World Cup semi-final between the two teams.
India have won all nine matches in the league stage of the ongoing tournament. “You guys write underdog and that hasn’t changed much,” Williamson said in a pre-semi-final press conference. That’s fine with me. The Indian team has done a great job.” The New Zealand captain said that both the teams have an equal chance in the semi-finals. “The Indian team is one of the best teams and we also know that on our day we can beat anyone,” he said.
“Every team has a different balance,” Williamson said. After Hardik’s injury, his balance was a little off but it did not affect the outcome of the match. The Indian team had coordinated well. Our team has done this in the past as well. He said, “India has compensated for the absence of its key players better than other teams.”