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Kane Williamson: The Ice-cool Kiwi Cricketer

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.

  • Personal Details
  • Current Rankings
  • Career Beginning
  • Career Summary
  • Captaincy Record
  • Bio
    • Early Years
    • Youth Career and Entry into International Cricket
    • Rising Through the Ranks
    • Entry into the Indian T20 League
    • World Cup Record
  • Records and Achievements
  • FAQs

Personal Details

Name Kane Williamson
Date of Birth 8th August 1990
Birthplace Tauranga
Height 5′8″
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

Current Rankings

Game Format Test ODI T20
ICC Ranking in Batting 2 12 34

Career Beginning

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

Career Summary

Format M Inn Runs HS Avg SR 100 200 50 4s 6s CT
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

Captaincy Record

Format Matches Won Lost Tie NR
Test 37 22 8 7 0
ODI 77 41 33 1 2
T20I 49 23 24 1 1

Kane Williamson’s Bio

Early Years

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.

Youth Career and Entry into International Cricket

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.

Rising Through the Ranks

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.

Entry into the Indian T20 League

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.

World Cup Record

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.

Records and Achievements

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.

International Cricket

Here are some of Kane Williamson’s biggest records and achievements in international cricket:

  • Kane became the youngest centurion in New Zealand cricket history at the age of 20.
  • He is the 8th New Zealand player to score a century on Test debut.
  • He became the fastest New Zealand batsman and fifth-fastest batsman in the world to score 3,000 runs.
  • Kane has scored the most Test runs for New Zealand in a calendar year: 1172 runs in 2015.
  • He became the 13th batsman to score a century against all Test-playing nations.
  • He is the first New Zealand player to cross 900 rating points in the ICC Test batting rankings, which he achieved in 2018.
  • He is the fastest New Zealand batsman to score 6,000 runs in Test cricket.
  • Currently he is the second-highest Test run scorer in New Zealand Test history.
  • He won the Orange Cap for scoring most runs (735) in the 2018 season of the Indian T20 League.
  • He was adjudged the Player of the Tournament in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
  • He was named captain of the Team of the Tournament for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
  • He was named in the Test XI of the Year by Cricbuzz in 2014.
  • He was named Test Player of the Year by the ICC in 2016.
  • He was part of the World Test XI selected by the ICC in 2016.
  • He won the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
  • He was part of the World Test XI selected by the ICC in 2018.
  • He was named captain of the Test XI by ESPNCricinfo in 2018.
  • He was named in the Test XI by Cricbuzz in 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Kane Williamson have a twin sibling?

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.

What bat does Kane Williamson use?

Kane Williamson uses a Gray-Nicolls bat. Alastair Cook and David Warner are some of the modern-day greats who use the same bat.

Did Kane Williamson captain the New Zealand team in the U-19 Cricket World Cup?

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.

What is the name of Kane Williamson's domestic team?

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.

What is one unique thing about Kane Williamson?

Williamson is a right-handed batsman who also bowls with the right hand but he writes with his left hand.

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