Player Profile

Kane Stuart Williamson
New Zealand
Born August 08, 1990 ( 29 Yrs )
Birth Place Tauranga
Height
Known As
Player Role Batsman
Player Bat Style Right Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Right-arm offbreak

Career Information - Teams

New Zealand, Gloucestershire, Yorkshire, Northern Knights, Sunrisers Hyderabad, New Zealand A, Barbados Tridents, Edmonton Royals


ICC Rankings

TEST ODI T20
Batting
Bowling
All Rounder

Profile

Arguably New Zealand's finest batsman since the legendary Martin Crowe, Kane Williamson had been a wonder kid since his teenage days. His exceptional talent included the rare Non-Asian skill to play quality spin apart from being adept against fast bowling. It would be fair to say the Williamson family boasted of sports freak all around. While his father had played cricket at certain age groups, his mother was a fine basketball player and his sisters excelled in volleyball. It was therefore not a surprise when Kane took a liking to sports and it happened to be cricket.

Since his Under-19 days, it was expected that Williamson would one day become the backbone of New Zealand's batting apart from being their captain. His leaderships skills were in abundance, just like his batting. Along expected lines, the year 2010 saw Williamson donning the Kiwi colors, making his international debut in Sri Lanka for the tri-series that also featured India. His white-ball cricket started in tragedy with ducks in his first two innings but his class couldn't be hidden for long as he stroked a ton against Bangladesh in Dhaka later that year. The Test call up came and it was for a challenging trip to India but Williamson made a massive statement but racking up a century on debut.

The following years saw Williamson scoring runs albeit not at the highly consistent levels that one expected from him. That changed in 2014 though during ODI home series against India when he also broke a heap of records. With fifty plus scores in all five games, he became only the second batsman in ODI history (after Yasir Hameed) to achieve this feat. He also became the fourth New Zealand player to hit five or more consecutive fifty plus scores in ODIs. His five fifty plus scores are also the most by a NZ batsman in a bilateral series.

If 2014 was a superb year for Williamson, it was 2015 that put him officially into the big league of batsmen. He notched up 1172 runs in Tests at a staggering average of 90 apart from amassing a gargantuan 1376 runs in ODIs at a strong average of 57. More than the numbers, it was the effortless ease with which he handled bowling attacks that impressed everybody. 2015 was also a historic year for New Zealand as they made their first ever World Cup final appearance.

Being a regular player and having leadership skills at his disposal, it was only a matter of time before Williamson was appointed New Zealand's captain across formats. It happened in early 2016 after Brendon McCullum announced retirement from all forms of international cricket, just before the World T20 in India. It was a huge role but Williamson took to it fairly well, much like people had expected him to. Still a long way to go as captain in terms of success but the one thing that stands out about his leadership skills is his ability to be tactically street-smart.

Williamson's batting is a purists delight - what with his classy strokeplay blending nicely with his footwork and gritty temperament. The only slight flaw that can be mentioned about his batting could be his relative inability to score quickly at will. You could argue that his role is that of a sheet anchor around which the other Kiwi batsmen revel. However, if he can raise his white-ball skills a notch upward, he could be a real phenomenon in world cricket. This is not to suggest that he hasn't produced impact knocks in the shorter formats. There have been quite a few knocks in that regard and he had shown in the 2017 IPL that he can adapt to that role easily.

IPL through the years

Kane Williamson, who is often referred to as a classical Test batsman, was first signed by an IPL franchise in 2015. The Sunrisers Hyderabad had him in their kitty for less than $100,000, and in the first season, he didn't return the dividends - particularly given the limited opportunities he had in an unfamiliar lower-middle order position. Williamson was a part of the side when the franchise coasted to their maiden title under the captaincy of David Warner in 2016, and was retained once again for the 2017 season (for $460,500), as the franchise showed trust in him and his ability to be the rock in the batting order around which the innings could be built. After the 2018 auction, however, David Warner was banned from the 2018 season of the IPL and was stripped from the captaincy, and the franchise handed Williamson the reins for the 2018 season. Against all odds, the Kiwi skipper exhibited a different dimension in his batting, hammering 735 runs at 52.50 and a strike-rate of 142.44. Moreover, he also led his side into the final, only to be defeated a second time by the Chennai Super Kings in the play-offs. With Warner out of contention for any leadership role, Williamson is likely to continue with the role in the 2019 season and certainly remains a vital cog in the batting order of the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

World Cup - Through the years

Kane Williamson has played 13 matches in the history of World Cup but he hasn't really clicked in those particular games. The top-order batsman has scored only one fifty in 13 innings and his average isn't that impressive too. However, one of his most memorable World Cup knocks came against Australia in the Pool A match of WC 2015. New Zealand were set a target of 152 by the Aussies and Mitchell Starc was breathing fire on that particular day. The left-arm pacer had claimed six wickets in the match and Australia were almost on the verge of defending a paltry total, but Kane Williamson came to rescue and hit a cracking six to take the Kiwis over the line. As a result of KW's knock of 45*, New Zealand pulled off a thriller by 1 wicket.

Williamson has not only grown as a player but also as a leader over the last few years - it's only been an upward climb for the talented player. Although his previous two World Cups haven't been great, there would be a lot of expectations of him this time around. With the likes of Guptill and Taylor in the team, Williamson has got experienced players by his side. His ability to perform under pressure makes him one of the vital cogs in the team and it would be interesting to see how New Zealand perform under his leadership during WC 2019. Also, it wouldn't be a surprise if Williamson ends up being New Zealand's highest run-getter in the tournament.

By Hariprasad Sadanandan


Career

TEST debut vs India at Sardar Patel Stadium, Nov 04, 2010
Last TEST vs Australia at Perth Stadium, Dec 12, 2019
ODI debut vs India at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Aug 10, 2010
Last ODI vs England at Lord's, Jul 14, 2019
T20 debut vs Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Oct 15, 2011
Last T20 vs India at Seddon Park, Feb 10, 2019
IPL debut vs Chennai Super Kings at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Apr 11, 2015
Last IPL vs Delhi Capitals at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, May 08, 2019

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 149 142 14 6133 148 47.91 7494 81.84 13 0 39 560 49
T20 57 55 7 1505 73 31.35 1238 121.57 0 0 9 158 26
Test 77 135 13 6370 242 52.21 12351 51.57 21 2 31 694 14
IPL 41 41 7 1302 89 38.29 964 135.06 0 0 12 110 44

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 149 65 1467 1310 37 22/4 22/4 5.36 35.41 39.65 0 0
T20 57 12 118 164 6 16/2 16/2 8.34 27.33 19.67 0 0
Test 77 63 2103 1178 29 44/4 44/4 3.36 40.62 72.52 0 0
IPL 41 1 6 7 0 7/0 7/0 7 0 0 0 0