New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has praised former captain Brendon McCallum, saying that his approach to the game was really a gift to him. McCallum was the captain of the New Zealand team in all formats until 2016. Williamson said this during a live conversation on Instagram with Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal.
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Williamson said Williamson led the team brilliantly for a long time and it was a good opportunity for us to learn from him. When Brandon left the team, we had dual challenges at the time. You are playing as a player and a captain without them. One challenge was that we wanted to keep moving forward as a team. During the conversation, Tamim asked Williamson that he had heard that McCallum looked at the 50-over match as 40 overs, was it true.
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Williamson said that sometimes he (McCallum) saw Test cricket as a one-day match and sometimes a one-day match as a T20 match. He said that Brendan played his natural game and it brought us a lot of success. Brendan was gifted his attitude towards the game. This actually earned the team widespread acclaim.