Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson is looking forward to returning to action in the Indian Premier League.
The New Zealand batsman has arrived in the UAE ahead of the tournament beginning on September 19.
He arrived with compatriots Trent Boult, Jimmy Neesham and Lockie Ferguson last week and says he’s looking forward to playing just as soon as his precautionary quarantine period is over.
“It is great that IPL is going ahead and all the players can get over to Dubai and quarantine and then start looking forward to playing some cricket.
“I know for everybody out there, it's been a long time between any sort of normality so it is a very exciting opportunity,” Williamson said in a video posted on the official YouTube channel of Sunrisers Hyderabad.
He is now undergoing a mandatory six-day quarantine period ahead of the IPL action getting started.
On his isolation, he added: “I'm sure it will be a longish six days, but it will be fine at the same time. I am looking forward to catching up with all the guys.
“I will make sure I get through some fitness and exercise and do a bit of reading. Let's see where the quarantine takes me, I will start acclimatising, I suppose.”
Kumar Keen to Take More Responsibility
Meanwhile, pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar says he’s keen to help Williamson and Sunrisers.
“There's no pressure at all because the team is never dependent on any one player. It's about all 11 guys who contribute.
“Although being a senior player, you always want to take more responsibility, there's no pressure at all,” Bhuvneshwar told IANS.
He also thinks batsmen will find a way during the tournament despite many expecting low scoring contests due to the pitches in the UAE.
He added: “I wouldn't say bowlers will have an upper hand completely because both the batsman and bowler find out a way to score runs or take wickets, even if the pitches are not suitable for them. That is how this game is,” he said.
“I think every team has got fairly equal chances of winning the title. Talking about SRH, indeed, we are preparing well and definitely want to win it.”