Arguably New Zealand's finest batsman in modern cricket, Kane Williamson had been a wonder kid since his teenage days. His exceptional talent includes the rare skill to play quality spin, apart from being adept against fast bowling.
Since his Under-19 days, it was expected that Williamson would one day become the backbone of New Zealand's batting as well as the team’s captain. His leadership skills are excellent, just like his batting skills.
|Date of Birth||8th August 1990|
|Playing Role||Top-order batsman|
|Batting Style||Right-handed batsman|
|Teams Played For||New Zealand, Northern Districts, New Zealand A, Gloucestershire, Yorkshire, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Barbados Tridents, Edmonton Royals, Birmingham Phoenix|
|ICC Ranking in Batting||2||12||34|
|Test Debut||vs. India at Ahmedabad, 4 Nov. 2010|
|ODI Debut||vs. India at Dambulla, 10 Aug. 2010|
|T20I Debut||vs. Zimbabwe at Harare, 16 Oct. 2011|
|Indian T20 League Debut||vs. Chennai at Chennai, 11 April 2015|
|Test||84||146||7129||251 vs. WI||53.6||52.03||24||4||32||784||17||72|
|ODI||151||144||6173||148 vs. WI||47.48||81.75||13||0||39||563||49||60|
|T20I||67||65||1805||95 vs. IND||31.66||125.08||0||0||13||182||41||32|
|IT20L||57||56||1747||89 vs. Deccan||41.59||134.17||0||0||16||149||55||23|
|HS||251 vs. WI||148 vs. WI||95 vs. IND||89 vs. Deccan|
Kane Williamson was born in a sporting family on 8th August 1990 in Tauranga, New Zealand. His father, Brett, was a sales representative who had played Under-17 and club cricket in New Zealand, and his mother, Sandra, had been a representative basketball player. He has a twin brother, Logan, who is younger than him by a minute. The twin brothers have three older sisters, named Anna, Kylie and Sophie.
Williamson played senior representative cricket at the age of 14 and first-class cricket at 16. He attended Tauranga Boys' College from 2004 to 2008. He was coached by Pacey Depina, who described Williamson as having "a thirst to be phenomenal – but not at anyone else's expense.” He reportedly scored 40 centuries before he left school. Williamson's childhood hero was Sachin Tendulkar. He believes in simplicity and loves to spend time with his pet dogs when he is at home.
The right-handed batsman was a sensation even in his school days and went on to represent Northern Districts at the Under-17 level. He made his first-class debut against Auckland in 2007 before captaining New Zealand in their 2008 Under-19 World Cup campaign. A decent 2008-09 season was followed by a fantastic 2009-10 one, where he excelled particularly in the shorter format, scoring 621 runs at an average of 77.62
This earned him a contract with the national side and he made his ODI debut in 2010 against India. In his fifth game, despite being injured and aided by a runner, Williamson showed great determination to score his maiden century, which almost won the game for New Zealand against Bangladesh. Later that year, he went on to score his maiden Test century in his very first Test against India at Ahmedabad.
Williamson became New Zealand's youngest ODI captain as well as the fourth-youngest in history when in 2012 he was appointed stand-in skipper in place of injured Ross Taylor for the series against the West Indies. The following years saw Williamson scoring runs but not with the consistency that one expected from him. That changed in 2014 during New Zealand’s ODI home series against India, when he became only the second batsman in ODI history to score 50-plus scores in each of the five matches of a series (after Yasir Hameed). He also became the fourth New Zealand player to make five or more consecutive 50-plus scores in ODIs.
2014 was the indication of the things to come as 2015 put him officially into the big league of batsmen. He notched up 1172 runs in Tests at a phenomenal average of 90, apart from scoring a massive 1376 runs in ODIs at an excellent average of 57. More than the numbers, it was the effortless ease with which he handled the bowling attacks that was impressive. 2015 was also a historic year for New Zealand as they made their first-ever World Cup final appearance in the year.
Williamson made his Indian T20 league debut in 2015 for Hyderabad as a back-up for David Warner. He did not get many opportunities to play in the initial seasons. In the 2018 edition, he was appointed captain of Hyderabad in the absence of David Warner.
He had a prolific tournament as he ended up as the highest run scorer (735 runs) and also led his team to the final, where they lost to Chennai. He is likely to continue with the role in the upcoming seasons and certainly remains a vital cog in the batting order of the Hyderabad team.
Kane Williamson has played 23 World Cup matches and scored 3 fifties and 2 centuries in 22 innings at an impressive average of 56.93. One of his most memorable World Cup knocks came against Australia in the Pool A match of the 2015 World Cup. Chasing a target of 152 set by Australia, New zealand batsmen found Mitchell Starc unplayable. Starc claimed 6 wickets in the match and Australia were almost on the verge of defending a paltry total, but Kane Williamson came to New Zealand’s rescue and hit a cracking six to take the Kiwis over the line. As a result of his knock of 45* runs, New Zealand pulled off a thriller by just 1 wicket. His highest ODI score of 148 runs came against the West Indies in the 2019 World Cup at Manchester.
His classic batting often overshadows his captaincy skills, which were once again on display in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Riding on the back of his great leadership and excellent batting form, the Kiwis entered the final against England, missing the trophy because of a controversial rule that came into play after the Super Over also ended in a tie. Kane had an outstanding World Cup and was adjudged the Player of the Tournament.
Kane Wiliiamson’s cricket career has always been full of accomplishments. From the time when New Zealand were struggling to get to grips with Test cricket after the retirement of the likes of Stephen Fleming to becoming the most successful captain of the New Zealand cricket team, he has done it all.
Here are some of Kane Williamson’s biggest records and achievements in international cricket:
Yes, Kane has a twin brother named Logan, who is one minute younger than him. The brothers have three older sisters, named Anna, Kylie and Sophie, who have all been accomplished volleyball players.
Kane Williamson uses a Gray-Nicolls bat. Alastair Cook and David Warner are some of the modern-day greats who use the same bat.
Kane Williamson was named captain of the New Zealand U-19 team for the 2008 U-19 Cricket World Cup. New Zealand was defeated by India in the semi-final of the tournament.
Kane Williamson made his debut for Northern Districts in 2007 at the age of 17. He has remained with the team for the duration of his New Zealand domestic career.
Williamson is a right-handed batsman who also bowls with the right hand but he writes with his left hand.