Kane Williamson is a New Zealand cricketer who represents his country in international cricket. On the domestic level, Kane plays first-class cricket for Northern Districts. He is also an integral part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League and has even captained the team in the past.
Kane is a right-handed batsman and occasional off spin bowler. Kane Williamson captains the national cricket side across all formats. He was the captain when New Zealand reached and lost the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup finals. He was awarded the Player of the tournament award.
Kane Williamson - Along the Years
First-class Debut for Northern Districts
Debut for Gloucestershire
Debut for Yorkshire
IPL Debut : Sunrisers Hyderabad
Youngest centurion in New Zealand Cricket History - 20 years.
Eighth New Zealand Cricketer to score a century on Test Debut.
Third highest ever strike-rated century by a New Zealander in a One-Day International - 100* for 69 balls.
Fifth-fastest batsman in the world and fastest New Zealander to score 3,000 runs.
Most Test Runs for New Zealand in a calendar year - 1172 runs in 2015.
Thirteenth batsman to score a test century against all test playing nations.
First New Zealand cricketer to cross 900 rating points in the ICC Test batting rankings - 2018.
Fastest New Zealand Cricketer to score 6,000 runs in test cricket
Awards and Accolades
IPL Orange Cap for scoring most runs in 2018 - 735.
Named in the IPL XI of the tournament by Cricbuzz in 2018.
Player of the Tournament- ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Captain of Team of the Tournament by Espncricinfo- ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Selected in the 2nd XI of the 2014 ICC World T20 Cup by ESPNCricinfo.
Named in the Test XI of the year by Cricbuzz - 2014.
T20 Player of the Year by NZC for the 2014-15 season.
'Team of the Tournament' by Cricinfo and Cricbuzz - ICC T20 World Cup 2016.
NZ player of the year- 2016.
Test player of the year- 2016
Redpath Cup for top batsman in first class cricket -2015,2016.
World Test XI by the ICC - 2016.
Sir Richard Hadlee Medal - 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Named 12th man in the 'Team of the Tournament' at the 2017 Champions Trophy by the ICC and Cricinfo.
World Test XI by the ICC - 2018.
Named captain of the Test XI by ESPNCricinfo - 2018.
Named in the Test XI by Cricbuzz - 2018.
First Class Cricket
Williamson made his first class debut in 2007 at the age of 17 for the Northern Districts. He still remains a part of them.
English County Cricket
Williamson was signed by Gloucestershire during the 2011 English county season. He was then signed by Yorkshire in 2013 for the half of the season. After impressing at the 2013 season and Williamson was subsequently signed to return for the 2014 season. Yorkshire won the County Championship that year. But for 2015, Australia's Aaron Finch's deal was extended by Yorkshire in place of Kane Williamson. He was then signed for part of the 2016 season.
Batting for the English side Yorkshire, Williamson scored his 10,000th run in first-class cricket, in the 2018 County Championship.
Kane Williamson was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad on 6 February 2015, for a whopping US$ 96,500. Williamson was a part of Sunrisers' victorious campaign in the 2016 season. In 2017, he was retained by the side. In the 2018 IPL Auction, Williamson was retained by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for a mammoth amount of US$ 460,500. He was named the captain of the side in the same year. Under Williamson's captaincy, the Hyderabad based franchise finished runners-up coming second to Chennai Super Kings. On the night of the finals, Sunrisers were defeated by 8 wickets. Williamson won the coveted Orange Cap for scoring the most runs (735) in the 2018 IPL season.
On 10 August 2010, Williamson made his One-Day International debut against India. However he failed to score a single run after being dismissed on his 9th ball. It was definitely not a start to a career which Williamson had hoped for. On his second match, he was again bowled for a duck by Angelo Mathews.
Williamson scored his maiden ODI century against Bangladesh in Dhaka. At just the age of 20, Williamson became the youngest centurion in New Zealand's cricket history. Post his performance in Bangladesh tour where although New Zealand suffered a 4–0 whitewash, Williamson was selected for New Zealand's Test squad for the tour of India.
On 4 November 2010, Williamson made his Test cricket debut against India at Ahmedabad. He scored 131 runs off 299 balls in the first innings and became the eighth New Zealand player to score a century on Test debut.
Williamson scored a brilliant 161 against West Indies in June 2014, which was his second test century of the series. Williamson played a crucial role in a rare away test series victory for New Zealand. In that series, Williamson was the leading overall run scorer with 413 runs, including a denied double century by rain. Williamson was reported for a suspect bowling action in April 2014, but was cleared in December 2014.
In August 2016, Williamson scored a century against Zimbabwe in the ongoing Test series to become the thirteenth batsman to score a century against all the other Test playing nations. After achieving this feat in the fewest innings, and quickest time from his Test debut, Williamson became the youngest player to achieve this record.
On 23 March 2018, Williamson became the player with most centuries for New Zealand in Tests with a total of 18 centuries. For his exemplary performances, Williamson was one of twenty players to be awarded a new contract for the 2018–19 season by New Zealand Cricket in May 2018. On 7 December 2018, Williamson became the first New Zealand cricketer to cross 900 rating points in the ICC Test batting rankings.
T20 International Career
Williamson made his T20 International debut against Zimbabwe on 16 October, 2011. He captained New Zealand in the ICC T20 World Cup in 2016.
A young Kane Williamson was named as captain ahead of the ODI and Twenty20 series against Pakistan in 2014, as Brendon McCullum was rested for the tour. Following Brendon McCullum's retirement, Williamson assumed the position of captain of New Zealand across all forms of cricket in March 2016. His captaincy began with the World T20I cup in India. Williamson also captained New Zealand during their runner-up finish at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Williamson has four siblings in total. He and his twin brother Logan are the youngest. As children, both Kane and Logan showed extreme promise in several sports including rugby, field hockey, basketball, volleyball, soccer and cricket.