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Local players in IPL have outstanding talent: Kane Williamson

Relishing every bit of the IPL experience in his debut season, Sun Risers Hyderabad’s New Zealand import Kane Williamson is mighty impressed by the local talent available in the Sun TV-owned side.

Apart from the big Indian names in Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma and Naman Ojha, the side also boasts of rising talent like Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma and Lokesh Rahul.

The David Warner-led side though relies heavily on foreign muscle with the likes of Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Dale Steyn, Trent Boult and Williamson part of the SRH squad. But the Kiwi batsman insists that the international players can certainly learn a thing or two from local talent.

“Great to meet all the guys. Obviously you see these guys in world cricket and some of whom I have played against and now to be playing with them it feels good. And also the Indian players, the local players who are outstandingly talented. So, it’s great to meet them as well.

“We all share our experiences and get the best knowledge of these conditions. Some of them haven’t played international cricket, so a lot for us to learn. We can all sit and chat about our experiences at the international arena,” said Williamson.

Having made his debut in 2010 during the Ahmedabad Test, Williamson also played a key role for Northern Knights in the Champions League T20 last year. The 24-year-old batsman is pleased to be back on Indian shores.

“I have been fortunate to have been to India a few times to play cricket. So it’s nice to be back. The Indian public is so passionate about the sport and so that makes it a great place to play,” he said.

Bagged by SRH in February auctions for Rs. 60 lakh, Williamson sees the IPL opportunity as a big one in terms of his cricket career.

“It is recognised as one of the biggest tournaments in the world. I think that the passion behind the sport in this country is like no other and that’s what brings the hype to a tournament like this. And then also I feel it is opportunity to play alongside some of the best talents. How this tournament unfolds as it progresses is what everybody speaks highly off,” he said.

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