WATCH: Kane Williamson celebrates birthday by having cake brought by Sri Lanka fans
Kane Williamson celebrates his birthday with Sri Lanka fans. (Image courtesy: Sri Lanka cricket)

Kane Williamson won the hearts yet again when during New Zealand’s practice match against the SL Board President’s XI, the captain celebrated his birthday with some fans positioned in the stands.

The opening day of the fixture on Friday at Katunayake happened to be Williamson’s 29th birthday and he took turns to go near the boundary and oblige fans who had brought him a birthday cake. As Williamson took bites, fans kept singing him the Happy Birthday song.

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Williamson, considered one of the finest batsmen of this generation is considered to be one of the nicest cricketers going around. When Williamson had walked off a room full of over 100 journalists after New Zealand’s loss to England in the final of the 2019 World Cup at Lord’s last month, a long round of applause followed.

It wasn’t meant to be sympathetic but a nod to the spirit with which New Zealand played the final and the character its 28-year-old leader showed after a heart-breaking result. Williamson, despite the disappointment, managed to smile, joke and remain his witty best throughout the session.

Like his batting, Williamson’s captaincy is calm, sedate and calculated, and although his captaincy record is yet to match the laurels of the man he succeeded, Brendon McCullum, that he is one of the finest captains in the world currently can and shall not be undermined. When two leaders are as contrasting as McCullum and Williamson, there is bound to be a comparison.

Williamson has been pointed fingers as for not being as dynamic or aggressive or lion-hearted as the man he replaced. The debate has escalated to an extent that the British press has even labelled Williamson’s captaincy timid and cautious.