Kane Williamson Biography
In an era where batsmen muscle the ball around the park, Kane Williamson stands out with his silken touch and class. In his early 20s, he has already established himself in the New Zealand side across formats and is counted amongst the best young batsmen in the world.
Williamson represented New Zealand at the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2008. Two years down the line, he was picked for the senior side for the tri-series involving India and Sri Lanka. It was an inauspicious beginning as he recorded ducks in his first two ODIs.
Later that year he made a name when he smashed 108 in an ODI against Bangladesh, albeit in a losing cause. In a game that went down to the last over, Williamson was the lone man fighting and gave glimpses of what was to come. Handed a Test cap against India at Ahmedabad, he marked the occasion with an innings of 131 that halted the home side’s dominance.
Williamson was in the New Zealand side which played the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup. In 2012, he scorer a match-saving ton against South Africa at Wellington and then another ton in Sri Lanka to help them record a victory. During the tour to South Africa in 2012-13, he recorded his highest ODI score. When India came to New Zealand in 2014, he hit five consecutive fifties. Then, in West Indies, he smashed a ton at Kingston to setup another Test victory.
If Williamson continues to perform so consistently, he could well write his name amongst the greats of New Zealand cricket.
Nishad Pai Vaidya