Hyderabad (Telangana)[India], Apr 20 (ANI): Kane Williamson, who made an imperious 89 and propelled Sunrisers Hyderabad to their fourth win in four home matches on Wednesday, rues the fact that he could not 'smack' some shorts like West Indies swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle during the course of his 51 ball-knock.
In Wednesday's match against Delhi Daredevils, Williamson took his time initially but changed gears in the seventh over - where he hit Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews for two consecutive sixes.
The New Zealand skipper scored 12 runs off 14 balls in the Powerplay, with a strike rate of 85.71. After the Powerplay, he hit 77 runs off 37 balls at a strike rate of 208.10. His innings included five sixes and six fours.
However, the right-handed batsman didn't seem to be satisfied with his knock, saying he would have like to hit some more fours and sixes like Gayle.
"I wish I could smack a few like Chris Gayle but unfortunately not to be. I think it is about adapting to the best of your abilities and playing around with your strong points," Williamson told iplt20.com after the match.
"There are some incredible players that can whack it 120 meters. I do practice hard in the nets to hit the ball long, but probably it is not in my genetic make-up to do that. So, I try and find a different way, something similar to the knock I played tonight," he added.
The 26-year-old had been a surprise omission during the early stages of this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), sitting out the first five games.
Speaking about the same, he said, "Sitting on the bench for the first few games is part and parcel, and the guys (who got a chance to play) were doing a fantastic job. Being on the sidelines you are always practicing to be as ready as you can for your first game."
"It has to do a lot with the mental shift from the other formats that we have been playing. That is the challenge; you have to be in tune with everything and be ready whenever need be," he added.
Currently ranked second in the points table, SRH will now take on Rising Pune Supergiant on April 22 in Pune. (ANI)