Ross Taylor-Kane Williamson, the master and apprentice of the Kiwi middle order

With seven fifties and two tons between them, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson were chief architects of New Zealand's 4-0 ODI series win over India.

updated: February 02, 2014 15:34 IST
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Two men, on different ends of the spectrum, displayed an array of fine performances in New Zealand's surprising and yet convincing 4-0 ODI series win over India. What was not surprising, however, was the rich vein of form that senior-pro Ross Taylor and young Kane Williamson were in.

If these two men could ply their trade in the world of art, Williamson would be a budding painter with a keen sense of colours. He would be one who wields his brush with an aim to paint a masterpiece with each attempt. Taylor, on the other hand, would be an experienced campaigner with many-a-colourful canvases and still possess the urge and drive to produce a vibrant piece of work.

At a time when taking the aerial route has become a habit rather than luxury for batsmen, Williamson restores some method in the widely growing madness. His old school approach of leaving the good deliveries and approaching the bad ones with a straight bat, makes him a delightful batsman to watch. One could be fooled into making an assumption that Williamson is sometimes out of place in a format where the definition of a good total has changed with time and demands more from the batsmen. An astute cricketing mind allows Williamson to play perfectly well to a situation. With his head firmly placed on his shoulders, Williamson clearly seems to possess the technique and the temperament to fit into any situation with ease. All this at the age of 23 makes his story even more enchanting.

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