You know what real pressure is: Williamson lauds healthcare workers battling COVID-19

back icon
safari
26 Mar 2020 | 06:50 AM
authorPTI

You know what real pressure is: Williamson lauds healthcare workers battling COVID-19

The right-handed batsman said he wants his country's health workers to always know that the entire nation is firmly standing by them in this crisis

heart

Share

Lauding his country's doctors and healthcare workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said these are the people who truly understand what it means to be under pressure -- a word so often thrown around in sports.

Writing in 'New Zealand Herald', Williamson addressed the doctors, nurses and caregivers who are on the front-line to battle the deadly outbreak, which has claimed more than 21,000 lives globally.

"Events of the past few days have made it clear we're living through a health crisis the likes of which we've never seen. There will no doubt be times in the coming days when the scale of what we're facing will seem overwhelming," he wrote.

"We're so grateful you have our backs. People talk about the pressure sportsmen and women are under to perform, but the truth is we get to do something we love every day for a living. We play games," he noted.

In New Zealand, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases stands at 262 but there hasn't been any deaths so far.

"Real pressure is working to save lives. Real pressure is going into work each day while putting your own personal safety on the line for the good of others," Williamson observed.

The right-handed batsman, one of the most revered modern-day cricketers who leads a team admired for its grace and fairplay, said he wants his country's health workers to always know that the entire nation is firmly standing by them in this crisis.

"It's an enormous responsibility that can only be carried out by the best kind of people: those who put the greater good ahead of all else. As Black Caps, we know how amazing it feels to have the support of a country behind you.

"In that same vein, we need you to know you're not alone. We want you to know that there's a whole country behind you," he said.

"We will get through this and you are a big reason why," he added.

Williamson led New Zealand to the final of the ODI World Cup in England last year. The side lost the final to the hosts in an unprecedented boundary count-back after scores were tied even after the Super Over.

Williamson and his team were lauded for showing grace in what was a crushing defeat.

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
New ZealandKane Stuart Williamson

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Babar ruled out of second Test against New Zealand
Babar has not played on the tour to New Zealand since breaking a thumb during a practice session
userAFP
02 Jan 2021
safari
NEWS
Great to play IPL in UAE but lot of planning needs to be done: Williamson
Williamson also welcomed the move to have an IPL at a safe place like the UAE as India's case load is above 11 lakh
userPTI
22 Jul 2020
safari
OPINION
Kane Williamson and New Zealand’s array of impressive captains
On this day, eight years ago, Williamson led New Zealand in an ODI for the first time and he has impressed as captain since taking charge full-time a few years later
userNitin Fernandes
05 Jul 2020
safari
OPINION
Williamson stamps authority to rally New Zealand ahead
The Kiwi skipper hit a classy 89 on the second day against India to give his side a chance of getting a defining first-innings lead
userSomesh Agarwal
22 Feb 2020
safari
NEWS
WTC points system unfair: Williamson
Williamson's sentiment was also echoed by one of his senior teammates Ross Taylor, who was also critical of the points system
userPTI
20 Feb 2020
safari
NEWS
Revenge can't be on mind when you take on Kiwis: Kohli
Kohli also put a stout defense of his under fire New Zealand counterpart Williamson
userPTI
23 Jan 2020
safari
NEWS
Williamson wants 'underdogs' New Zealand to have their day
New Zealand are in their second successive World Cup final
userAFP
13 Jul 2019
safari
NEWS
Group defeats doesn't bother Williamson
Losses to Australia and England earlier in the tournament would have no bearing in the final according to Williamson
userAFP
11 Jul 2019
safari
NEWS
Williamson hopes break sparks revival
The Black Caps suffered their third straight defeat of the tournament against England
userAFP
04 Jul 2019
safari
NEWS
Williamson is New Zealand's greatest ODI player, says Vettori
Williamson made an unbeaten 106 to help his side beat South Africa
userAFP
20 Jun 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved