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10 calmest cricketers in the world currently

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#9 Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson

Yet another cricketer making his debut against India at Ahmedabad in 2010, Kane Williamson immediately impressed with a flawless 131 off 299 deliveries, and consistent performances over the next four years, across all formats, have led experts to call him the best thing to happen to New Zealand cricket in recent times.

The right-hander has been particularly prolific over the last 12 months, scoring close to a 1000 Test runs at an average of 66.13, and maintaining a One Day International (ODI) average of 54.

Speaking to Cricinfo, Williamson attributed his success mantra to the ability of keeping calm at all times:

“I want to be relaxed and calm at the crease. If you try to be calm and be in the moment and not worry about things too far ahead and focus on the task at hand, you can handle those sort of challenges.”

The right-hander has also been successful in exuding perfect calm in T20s, the most chaotic format of the game. In February 2012, with New Zealand requiring 27 runs off the final two overs against Zimbabwe in the 2nd T20 International at Hamilton, Williamson, without a hint of panic, struck 20 runs off just 5 balls to guide the Kiwis to victory.

In the ongoing Champions League T20 (CL T20) 2014, his calmness at the top was instrumental in helping the Northern Knights qualify for the main draw, something the Knights were least expected to achieve.