The dream did not come true even after reaching the final of the World Cup. New Zealand lost to Australia by 8 wickets and the title remained elusive. But why should Williamsons have to go down to another battlefield before forgetting the wounds of not winning the World Cup?
The Kiwis are leaving for India to play a three-match T20 series after losing to Australia in the final of the T20 World Cup in Dubai. Just three days after losing in the final, New Zealand will face hosts India in the first T20 of the series in Jaipur.
The next two matches will be played in Ranchi and Kolkata. The mission to retain the World Test Championship will begin before the end of the T20 series. They will play a two-match Test series against India. These two matches of the Test Championship will be held in Kanpur and Mumbai.
Test players who are not part of the T20 squad have already arrived in India. The New Zealand team's support staff is busy. Because they have to be busy with the practice of the Test players in the morning and the players of the T20 team in the evening.
Tough program. New Zealand coach Gary Steed is busy with this. He described the tight schedule as "difficult and challenging". Although no alternative is open to them.
Gary Stead said: "As far as I can remember, this is the first time we've played another series since the end of the Twenty20 World Cup. It is certainly difficult and challenging; But what we have in front of us is this series. In the meantime, we have 9 to 10 players in India. Those who are preparing for the Test match. Hopefully we can turn around and have a great performance against India. '
However, the Kiwi coach is now giving more importance to the Test match than the T20. "The Test series next month is more important to us than the T20," he said.