Kane Williamson unbeaten 108 helped New Zealand beat Sri Lanka © Getty Images
Kane Williamson unbeaten 108 helped New Zealand beat Sri Lanka © Getty Images
Melbourne: New Zealand spin great Daniel Vettori has tipped Kane Williamson to succeed retiring Brendon McCullum in all three formats of the game, insisting that the star batsman would take his country’s cricket to great heights.Williamson was named as the skipper of his national side for next year’s World T20 in India after McCullum decided to call curtains on his glorious career following the conclusion of the two-Test series against Australia in February. Williamson, who recently became the number one Test batsman, is considered as the front-runner to take on the leadership role in all three forms of the game and Vettori opined that the 25-year-old is fully prepared to take on the mantle of captaincy. ALSO READ: Brendon McCullum to quit international cricket following Test series against Australia
“Knowing the inner machinations of the team, (McCullum) will feel that Kane is ready to step up into the role,” Vettori was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on Tuesday. “He’s got good leaders around him, like Tim Southee, so I think the team is in good hands. If Kane feels like it’s the right time to step in and take over that mantle then he’ll do a wonderful job,” the 36-year-old added. Vettori also expressed that he was pleased for McCullum, saying that his former teammate’s retirement should be a time of celebration.
Earlier on Monday, Kane Williamson, who recently became the world No. 1 Test batsman, has downplayed all the praise directed at him, saying that the record meant more to him because he was able to contribute more towards New Zealand’s winning cause. The 25-year-old prolific batsman finished the year with 1,172 runs, surpassing skipper Brendon McCullum’s record of 1164 runs to reach the milestone of scoring most Test runs by a New Zealander in a calendar year.  ALSO READ: Kane Williamson becomes no. 1 Test batsman following match-winning ton against Sri Lanka in 2nd Test at Hamilton
Williamson capped off a remarkable year by remaining unbeaten on 108, his 13th century, during his side’s five-wicket win in the second match against Sri Lanka.