Kane Williamson

New Zealand
Age
August 8, 1990 (31 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Tauranga
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
New Zealand
Bowling Style
Off break

Kane Williams, a right-handed classy batsman from New Zealand, is the New Zealand skipper and one of the best cricketers the country has ever produced. He is widely regarded as one of the top four batsmen in the world right now – a member of the Fab-Four group – in the company of Virat Kohli, Steven Smith and Joe Root.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
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Bowling
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Team played

New Zealand, Gloucestershire, Northern Districts, New Zealand A, Yorkshire, New Zealand Under-19, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Barbados Tridents, New Zealanders, Edmonton Royals, Birmingham Phoenix

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
153
146
14
6325
148*
47.92
7702
82.12
13
43
580
52
T20I
69
67
8
1854
95*
31.42
1486
124.76
0
13
189
41
Test
81
141
14
7144
251*
56.25
13806
51.75
22
35
785
17
IPL
52
51
12
1612
89
41.33
1217
132.46
0
14
146
45

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
153
65
1467
1310
37
4/22
5.36
35.41
39.65
1
0
0
T20I
69
12
118
164
6
2/16
8.34
27.33
19.67
0
0
0
Test
81
64
2109
1187
30
4/44
3.38
39.57
70.3
1
0
0
IPL
52
2
18
31
0
-
10.33
-
-
0
0
0

One of the calmest cricketers and captains of the world, Kane Williamson will always be remembered for the poise he has shown time again in the toughest situations, including but not limited to the heartbreaking loss in the 2019 ODI World Cup final at Lord’s.

ODI Career

It was obvious from his very young age that Kane Williamson will make it big in cricket. Aged 17, he represented and led New Zealand in the Under-19 World Cup in 2008. However, India defeated them in the semi-finals. In about a couple of years, he was included in the squad for the Tri-Series in Sri Lanka in August 2010. In the debut ODI against India, at Dambulla, Kane Williamson got out for a 9-ball duck, although he managed to take a wicket in a huge 200-run victory for New Zealand. Williamson got another duck a few days later in the same series.

Later, despite being in the squad, Kane Williamson was excluded from the playing XI for the first 3 games on a tour to Bangladesh. With the series on the line, he was included in the squad for the fourth ODI. Kane Williamson responded with a masterful century108 runs – and almost won the game for New Zealand. The Kiwis lost the match but discovered a gem.

In 2012, he was appointed captain of the ODI team. For a few years, Williamson was struggling a bit but the home series against India proved to be a defining one. He scored 5 consecutive half-centuries, becoming only the second one in the ODI history to achieve this feat. That year, Kane Williamson scored 770 Runs at an average of 70 in just 12 games with 7 half-centuries and 1 century.

In the 2015 World Cup held at home, Kane Williamson played some crucial knocks, especially the one against eventual winners Australia when he hit Mitchell Starc for a six to win the game in a low-scoring thriller. 2015 was also the year when Kane Williamson crossed the thousand-run mark for the first and only time in his career – he scored 1376 runs at 57.33 in 27 games.

Kane Williamson’s form dipped a bit, by his own standards anyway, leading up to the 2019 World Cup. He upped his game as usual when necessary. In the World Cup, he scored 2 hundred and 2 fifties and a crucial knock in the final, to rack up 578 runs – 5th highest in the competition. Kane Williamson was also named the Player of the tournament after a heartbreaking loss ( a tie, in fact ) in the final of the 2019 World Cup. Kane Williamson was the quickest Kiwi to achieve 3000 ODI runs. In total, Kane Williamson, a calm and composed player and a shrewd captain, has scored 6173 runs in 151 ODIs at 47.48 with 13 hundreds and 39 fifties.

Test Career

Kane Williamson started his first-class career in 2007 playing for Northern Districts. A few months after his ODI debut, aged 20, Williamson was included in the Test squad for a tough tour to India. In the first Test of the series at Ahmedabad, he scored his maiden Test century – 131 runs – in an innings spanning more than 6 hours. With that, he became the ninth Kiwi player to score a hundred on debut. Williamson had arrived and how! Kane Williamson was actually named in the squad for a Test series against Australia the same year in March. However, he did not get to play a single game in that series.

With his arrival into the Test arena, Williamson immediately demonstrated the greatness and calmness of a seasoned player. As the years went by, not only he became the mainstay in the team but also the one around whom the whole batting lineup revolved.

Around the years 2014 and 2015, Kane Williamson started showing more consistency in his performances. In these two years, he scored more than 2000 runs with 9 hundreds at an average of more than 75. In 2015, for the first time, he scored more than a thousand runs in a calendar year. His highest Test score of 242 not out against Sri Lanka at Wellington helped New Zealand win the Test by 193 runs after conceding a lead in the first innings.

Eventually, he managed to score a century against all Test-playing nations, becoming the 13th batsman and the youngest one to do so. Kane Williamson was entrusted with leading the Test side in 2016 and has been the captain ever since. In 2018, New Zealand won a couple of Test series under his leadership. He also became only the fourth New Zealand skipper to win a series against England. His 89 and 139 in the last Test against Pakistan helped New Zealand win the away series against that team for the first time in 49 years.

In 2019, he scored his second double century – 200 not out – against Bangladesh at home. The same year, with 20 centuries to his name, Kane Williamson became the first Kiwi to score 20 Test Centuries. The greatness was stamped and he officially became the best Test player for New Zealand. Today, he has many more years to go. Overall, Kane Williamson has played 80 Tests to score 6476 runs at 50.99 in a decade-long career so far.

T20I Career

Kane Williamson could maintain the batting purity in the era of wham-bam T20 batting. He showed that it is possible to succeed in T20 cricket by sticking to the basics. He made the T20I debut against Zimbabwe in Harare in October 2015, however, his first innings in T20I came against the same team at home in February 2012. He impressed the audience immediately with a score of 48 in the chase of 160.

By mid-2012, Kane Williamson became the captain of the T20I side for New Zealand. The year 2016 was the best year for him as he scored close to 400 runs at an average close to 48 in 10 innings. His highest T20I score of 73 not-out came against Bangladesh at Napier.

Kane Williamson was part of 3 T20I World Cups in 2012, 2014 and 2016. He scored 305 runs in World Cups in 13 innings at 27.72 with 1 half-century. In terms of run-scoring, the 2014 World Cup was his best World Cup.

In a game against Pakistan in Dubai, he scored 60 runs – more than half of the team’s total of 119 – in an unsuccessful chase. He is the fastest New Zealand batsman to score 1000 runs in T20Is along with T20 champion Chris Gayle. Overall, Kane Williamson has played 60 T20Is to date and has scored 1665 runs at 32.64 with a strike rate of 125.

IPL Career

Kane Williamson is a very versatile player who may not have the power but his game sense and the ability to change gears if needed made him an interesting prospect in the IPL. He was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for USD 96,500 in the 2015 IPL auction. Kane Williamson played just 2 games in the first season in an unfamiliar position in the lower middle order.

In the IPL 2016, Kane Williamson got to be part of 6 matches for SRH. He scored 124 runs in 6 matches with one half-century. SRH went on to win the title in 2016. He was trusted by the SRH for the third season and was retained for USD 460,500 in the 2017 season. His performance drastically improved as he scored 256 runs in 7 matches at an average of 42.66 and a superb strike rate of above 150.

The next year’s 2018 IPL proved to be a defining one for Kane Williamson. Trusted to lead the side in the absence of David Warner, who was banned because of the ball-tampering incident, Kane Williamson exhibited another dimension of his batting to score 735 runs at an average of 52.50 and a strike rate of above 140. He ended the season as the leading run-scorer of the tournament. SRH went all the way to the finals but lost to Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Kane Williamson was the top scorer for SRH in the finals with 47 in 36 deliveries. He was also named in the IPL XI by Cricbuzz.

Kane Williamson continued captaining SRH in 2019 as well and took them to the playoff where they were beaten by Delhi Capitals in the eliminator. Kane had an offseason in 2019 as scored just 156 runs in 9 innings. Overall, in 5 seasons played so far, Kane Williamson has scored 1302 runs at 38 with a decent strike rate of 135.

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