sean williams

Born September 26, 1986, Sean Colin Williams is a batsman from Zimbabwe, who also bowls occasionally. The southpaw from Zimbabwe has been part of the national cricket team since 2005 and has featured in three World Cup tournaments so far. On his 29th birthday, Abhishek Kumar picks out 8 interesting facts about the all-rounder.

1.  Led the Under-19 Zimbabwe team

After making his debut for Zimbabwe in 2005, Williams was chosen to lead the national side in the 2006 U19 World Cup in Sri Lanka, where they won three out of four group matches, including a victory against England.

2.  Sporting family

Williams’ father Collin Ray Williams was also a cricketer and a national hockey coach. He played First-Class cricket for Matabeleland, while Williams’ mother Patricia Mckillop was a gold medalist in hockey for Zimbabwe. His brother Matthew is also a cricketer and currently plays for Matabeleland Tuskers and Westerns in domestic cricket.

3.  Married to Playball coach

Following in his father’s footsteps, Williams also married a sportswomen named Chantelle Williams, who is a playball coach.

4.  Injury ruled him out of 2011 world cup

Williams was a part of the national side in 2007 World Cup and was again selected for the 2011 World Cup. But due to a fracture in thumb, he could only play two games in the tournament and had to fly back to Zimbabwe for his recovery.

5.  Education matters

In the year 2004, Williams was expecting a call from the selectors for the Zimbabwe national team, but it was his father’s strictness due to which he couldn’t play. His father had advised him to concentrate more on studies at that point in time.

6.  Lessons from Sourav Ganguly

During the 2015 World Cup, Williams revealed the secret behind being a good player of spin in an interview with cricketcountry.com. He had said, “I have always watched Sourav Ganguly and how he used to play spin. I try and use my feet a lot of the time and try to make them change their pace for me, and manipulate the field, so I can hit the ball where I want and get them to bowl where I want them to.”

7.  Issues with the board

In 2013, Williams had some payment related issues with the Zimbabwe Cricket Board, which led to his unavailability for the first Test against Pakistan. He eventually accepted a revised offer from the board and returned back for national duty.

8.  When Williams asked Craig Ervine to pay the rent

When New Zealand toured Zimbabwe in August this year for a One-Day International (ODI) series, Williams’ team as well as flatmate Craig Ervine helped his team win the first ODI by scoring a brilliant 130* of 108 balls. Williams congratulated his friend and at the same time, asked him to pay his share of rent by tweeting from his official account.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed at abhicricket.kumar and abhishekkr2593)