Kane Williamson Biography
Kane Stuart Williamson is a New Zealand cricketer who was born on 8 August 1990 in Tauranga, New Zealand. Williamson is considered to be the one of the best batsman in the modern era and is currently the captain of his side.
Kane is a right-handed batsman and an occasional off-spinner.
He became the youngest centurion in New Zealand Test cricket history and became the eighth New Zealand player to score a century on Test debut.
Williamson started his career when he was 17 and he led the New Zealand Under-19 side in the World Cup in Malaysia in 2008. New Zealand reached the semi-final where they lost to the eventual champions India.
Williamson signed for Gloucestershire to play in the 2011 English county season. In 2013, he signed for Yorkshire. In 2015, Sunrisers Hyderabad of the Indian Premier League signed Williamson. He also represents Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League.
Williamson was named in the Test squad against Australia but unfortunately he did not play in the match which took place on 24 March 2010.
On 10 August 2010, Williamson received his ODI cap against India where he was dismissed for a 9th ball duck.
He made his Test cricket debut against India on 4 November 2010 where he scored 131 runs off 299 balls in his first innings and became the eighth New Zealand player to score a century on Test Debut.
He impressed everyone with his batting skills and continued his good form to eventually become one of the best test cricket batsman in the modern era.
Rise to Glory
Four domestic hundreds for Northern Districts earned him a New Zealand call-up for a one day series against India.
Williamson rose to prominence in the 2014-15 season where he was appointed as the limited overs captain and he was also picked up as the New Zealand player of the year, Test player of the year and the Redpath Cup for top batsman in first class cricket for the second year in a row in 2015.
Williamson scored 161 against West Indies in June 2014 in a test match which was his second test century of the series and helped secure a rare away Test series victory for his side.
He scored 242 runs unbeaten in a Test innings against Sri Lanka in 2015 to win the man of the match award.
He was reported for a suspect bowling action in April 2014 but was cleared in December 2014.
He started his ODI career with two consecutive ducks which eventually decreased his confidence level as a young player but however he worked hard to fix his place in the team.
In 15 matches he appeared for Sunrisers Hyderabad, he managed to score 441 runs at an average of 129.24 which included three half centuries.
He has scored 1,756 runs in 42 appearances across all formats for the county cricket clubs with 12 fifties and one century.
Williamson is known to be astute with his field placements and bowling changes. He captained New Zealand in one day international cricket in 2012 having led their Under 19s team earlier in his career.
Gloucestershire played under his captaincy in county cricket through 2011 and he also led Yorkshire once in a T20 win over Derbyshire at Headingley in 2016.
After the retirement of Brendon McCullum in March 2016, Williamson received the position of captain of New Zealand across all forms of cricket beginning with the ICC World T20 in India.
Kane's Record in Numbers
In June 2015,Williamson became the fifth-fastest batsmen and fastest New Zealander to score 3,000 runs, getting them in just 78 innings.
In December 2015 Williamson broke the record for the most Test runs scored in a calendar year by a New Zealander, with 1172 runs and he also ended 2015 with 2692 runs which is the highest score across all forms of international cricket for the year and third highest totals in a single year.
Williamson managed to score a century against all the other Test playing nations and became the thirteenth batsman the youngest player to achieve this feat.