There are always lessons learned when you play the best in the world, says Kane Williamson

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There are always lessons learned when you play the best in the world, says Kane Williamson

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Though New Zealand narrowly missed out on yet another ODI series win against India, Kane Williamson has stated that his side have learnt important lessons while playing a top side like India. He also praised the Kiwis’ strong middle-order batting that almost won them the series in India.

Williamson was one of the significant contributors in New Zealand’s brilliant attempt at chasing a mammoth total of 338 runs on Sunday. Though the Kiwis lost the game by six runs in the end, and consequently the series, the young skipper stated that the closely-fought contest had a lot of positives and New Zealand have learnt a lot from the series.

"There were lessons throughout the series, there always are when you play the best in the world. To perform the way, we did in the first game (in Mumbai) was our best performance of the tour so far; this one could have been the best but it was not to be on the day," Williamson said.

Tom Latham was definitely a brilliant revelation in the middle-order for the Kiwis as the Christchurch-batsman successfully diffused India’s wrist spinners' threat, which had created huge problems for Australia prior to this series. Moving down from the opening slot to middle-order, the left-hander garnered an impressive 206 in three ODIs.

“There were a lot of good signs. Our middle order with the bat was something of a highlight throughout this series. Particularly Tom Latham, from opening the batting to coming into the middle order, taking that role, adopting it like he has and batting so beautifully, it was a great sign for us," Williamson added.

New Zealand have definitely established a mindset ahead of the T20I series that it won’t be easy at all for the domineering hosts. And their strong bowling played a huge role in creating it. Players like Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Adam Milne and Mitchell Santner have created huge problems for a batting side like India.

"I thought the bowlers stuck at it really well. They were able to restrict a lot of the time and put a little bit of pressure despite the very good batting unit that India have," said Williamson.

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