Kane Williamson Biography : Kane Williamson is one of the batsmen in the modern era. After the retirement of McCullum, there were doubts regarding his successor. There was this boy who was rising fast and beyond his age and he was handed over the leadership role.
McCullum took New Zealand to new heights and was a major reason for their 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup journey. New Zealand went all the way to the finals but the last stone was left unturned as Clarke’s Australia went all the way to win it.
When Kane Williamson was appointed captain of New Zealand, no one had thought that he would lead New Zealand into a new direction. He created history with his team as they reached the final of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, their second final in a row. The result wasn’t as satisfying but their journey was one that had shown the quality of their leader, Kane Williamson.
Early life & Journey
The current New Zealand captain and the under 19 captain of 2008, Kane Williamson was born on 8 August 1990 in Tauranga, New Zealand. He grew in the Mount Maunganui area of Tauranga, New Zealand. He started playing senior representative cricket at the age of 14 and by the time he was 16 he had already played first-class cricket.
He attended Tauranga Boy’s College where he was coached by Pacey Depina. In 2005 Williamson won the award for the most valuable player at a junior secondary school basketball tournament.
At the age of 17 Williamson led New Zealand under 19 side in the 2008 world cup, he led his unit with perfection as they reached the semi-finals where they eventually lost to India. Williamson made his one day international debut on 10th August 2010 versus India. His debut was something he would want to forget about as he got out on a duck. Even the second match that he played against Sri Lanka, he was out for a duck. His test debut was something not less than a dream as he scored 131 runs against India in 2010 at the Sardar Patel stadium in Ahmedabad.
He kept on performing consistently in all three formats and as a result in 2014 was named as the stand-in captain for ODI and T20 series against Pakistan as skipper Brendon McCullum was on a break. Soon Williamson had established himself as one of the most prolific number 3 batsmen for New Zealand and was among the top 4 batsmen in world cricket in all formats.
Kane Williamson became the fastest batsman in New Zealand and the fifth-fastest in the world to score 3000 runs on 17 June 2015.
In March 2016 after the retirement of Brandon McCullum Kane Williamson became the captain of New Zealand across all formats. In 2016 he became the youngest player to score a century against all the other test playing Nations.
He is not just counted as one of the best batsmen in world cricket but he is also one of the best captains.
In 2015, he was signed by Sunrisers Hyderabad to play in the Indian Premier League. Due to IPL’s policy of fielding only four foreign players in a match, Kane hardly got game time.
When David Warner was banned from playing Cricket in 2018 he was handed over the captaincy of Sunrisers Hyderabad, he led from the front scoring 735 runs including 8 half-centuries and won the orange cap for the highest run-scorer in IPL 11.
Test- 4 November 2010 vs India at Ahmedabad
ODI- 10 August 2010 vs India at Dambulla
T20- 15 October 2011 vs Zimbabwe at Harare
Kane Williamson has played 78 test matches for the New Zealand team and has scored 6379 runs at an average of 51.4. His highest score in test matches is 242 not out. He has 21 centuries and 31 half-centuries to his name.
he has played 150 one day internationals for New Zealand scoring 6154 runs at an average of 47.70. He has a high score of 148. In one day international he has 13 centuries and 39 half-centuries to his name.
When it comes to the shorter format of the game, he has played 60 T20 Internationals in which he has scored 1665 runs with a high score of 95. He averages 32.64 in T20I’s and has 11 half-centuries to his name.
Full Name: Kane Stuart Williamson
Date of Birth: 8 August 1990
Age: 29 Years
Birthplace: Tauranga, New Zealand
Zodiac sign: Leo
Height: 5’ 8”
Weight: 65 kg
Eye Colour: Light Blue
Hair Colour: Blond
Jersey Number: #22 (New Zealand) #22 (IPL, County Cricket)
• Barbados Tridents • Gloucestershire • Gloucestershire 2nd XI • Northern Districts • Sunrisers Hyderabad • Yorkshire
Coach/Mentor: Pacey Depina & Josh Syms
Batting Style: Right-hand
Bowling Style: Right-arm off-break
Favourite Shot: On-drive