A famous New Zealander international cricketer, as well as the current captain of the New Zealand national team, is named for Kane Williamson. Kane took over the captaincy of the New Zealand international team in March 2016, after the former captain Brendon McCullum retired and the first series he played as a captain was the World T20I cup held in India. In 2018, under his captaincy, Sunrisers Hyderabad placed 2nd after Chennai Super Kings, and Kane was awarded the Orange Cap for scoring 735 runs in the 2018 IPL season. He is a right-handed batsman and an occasional off-spin bowler. He leads the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League and plays for Northern Districts in domestic cricket in New Zealand. He has also played for both Gloucestershire and Yorkshire in English county cricket. His shirt number is 22. He is a right-handed batsman. He made his ODI debut on 10th August 2010, against India and played his first T20 match against Zimbabwe on 16th October 2011. He made his Test match debut in the test match against India on 4th November 2010.
BJ Watling hails ‘New Zealand great’
Kane Williamson completed his 23rd test century at Mount Maunganui, showing why he is considered one of the premier batsmen of his era along with India’s Virat Kohli, Australian Steve Smith, and Joe Root of England. He is all business when he takes the crease but playing alongside one of New Zealand’s all-time greats is still a lot of fun, said wicketkeeper BJ Watling after the hosts took control on day two of the first test against Pakistan on Sunday. “He has just become a father, and it was a special inning for Boxing Day. He just set us up for a big total,” Watling said after the hosts posted 431 in their first innings and reduced Pakistan to 30-1 in the series opener. He hit 12 boundaries and a six in his 129 before Watling (73) added 66 runs for the seventh wicket with Kyle Jamieson to stretch their tally.
- Being the New Zealand international cricketer and the captain of the New Zealand national team.
- Being considered one of the finest batsmen in the world.
What is the Birthplace of Kane Williamson?
On 8th August 1990, Kane Williamson was born. His place of birth is in Tauranga, New Zealand with the birth name/real name of Kane Stuart Williamson. He holds New Zealander nationality and his ethnic background is New Zealander-White. His race is White. He is Christian by religion and his Zodiac sign is Leo. as of 2020, he celebrated his 30th birthday.
Regarding his parent’s details, he was born to his father, Brett, and his mother, Sandra. By occupation, his father, Brett was a sales representative who had played under-17 and club cricket in New Zealand and his mother, Sandra had been a representative basketball player. About his siblings, he has a twin brother Logan, who is one minute younger than him. The brothers have three older sisters, Anna, Kylie, and Sophie. All three were accomplished volleyball players, and Anna and Sophie were in New Zealand age-group teams. Talking about him being gifted, his father revealed that once when he was just 2, he was on his bed with a toy basketball hoop and a mini ball and was already shooting basketball-style goals that his parents thought was weird for such a young boy. At the age of fourteen, he played senior representative cricket and after two years, he played first-class cricket. Concerning his education, he attended Tauranga Boys’ College from 2004-2008, where he was head boy in his final year. He was coached by Pacey Depina who described Williamson as having “a thirst to be phenomenal-but not at anyone else’s expense.”
How was the Domestic Career of Kane Williamson?
- Kane Williamson’s career began by debuting for Northern Districts in the year 2007 when he was at the age of 17, scoring his first T20 hundred on 19th September 2014 making 101* in 49 balls to guide Northern Districts to a comfortable win against Cape Cobras in Champions League Twenty20 2014.
- After that, he signed for Gloucestershire to play in the 2011 English county season. Later, he signed for Yorkshire for the rest of the season on 14th August 2013 and again signed to return for the 2014 season. For the 2015 season and 2016 season, he signed with Yorkshire.
- On 6th February 2015, he was signed by Sunrisers Hyderabad of the IPL for the US $96,500 and won the title with the team. He was retained by the team for the 2017 Indian Premier League.
- He was then retained by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for US$460,500 for the 2018 IPL Auction. What’s more, he was announced captain of the team on 29th March 2018. Under his captaincy, Sunrisers Hyderabad finished runners-up after Chennai Super Kings defeated them in the final by 8 wickets.
- He also won the Orange Cap for scoring the most runs (735) in the 2018 IPL season. He was named in the IPL XI of the tournament by Cricbuzz.
How was the International Career of Kane Williamson?
- Kane led the New Zealand Under-19 side in the World Cup in Malaysia in 2008 when he was only at the age of seventeen.
- He was also named in the New Zealand Test squad for the second Test against Australia on 24th March 2010 whereas the team does not play in the match.
- He also made his One-Day International debut against India on 10th August 2010.
- On 4th November 2010, he made his Test cricket debut against India at Ahmedabad and scored 131 runs off 299 balls and became the eighth New Zealand player to score a century on Test debut in his first innings.
- In June 2014, he scored 161 not out against West Indies.
- He was also named as captain ahead of the ODI and Twenty20 series against Pakistan as Brendon McCullum was rested. Later, he scored 100* off 69 balls against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo which was the second-fastest century by a New Zealander in a One-Day International at that time.
- He started with 69 and 242* against Sri Lanka in 2015. He scored the 99th ODI century in New Zealand’s history, against Pakistan on 3rd February.
- He successfully managed to become the fifth-fastest batsman and fastest New Zealander to score 3,000 runs, getting them in just 78 innings on 17th June 2015.
- On 15th November 2015, Williamson and Taylor became the first pair of away batsmen to each score 2nd innings centuries at WACA Ground in Perth.
- He ended the 2015 season with 2692 runs, the highest total across all forms of international cricket for the year, and the third-highest total in a single year.
- He was even named as captain of the ‘Team of the Tournament’ by Cricinfo and Cricbuzz.
- He set a new record for scoring the most centuries by a New Zealand batsman in Tests, with his 18th, in March 2018 scoring 102 against England.
- He scored his 10,000th run in first-class cricket in 2019 batting for Yorkshire in the 2018 Country Championship.
- He scored his 19th Test century in the deciding 3rd game in Pakistan away series on 8th December 2018.
- He became the first player from New Zealand to cross 900 rating points in the ICC Test batting rankings on 7th December 2020.
- He was named the captain of New Zealand’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in April 2019.
- He was named as captain of the ‘Team of the Tournament’ by the ICC and ESPNCricinfo.
- Recently, he scored 251 runs, his highest test score, in the first innings of the first Test against West Indies and helped New Zealand win the match by an innings and 134 runs on 4th December 2020.
- He scored 22 Test and 13 ODI centuries as of December 2020 and his highest score in Test is 251 and 158 in ODIs.
Career statistics of Kane Williamson as of December 2020
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 81 151 62 149
Runs scored 6,727 6,173 1,723 11,538
Batting average 52.55 47.48 33.13 49.30
100s/50s 22/32 13/39 0/12 32/59
Top score 251 148 95 284*
Balls bowled 2,103 1,467 118 6,576
Wickets 29 37 6 85
Bowling average 40.62 35.40 27.33 43.43
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/44 4/22 2/16 5/75
Catches/stumpings 72/- 60/- 29/- 136/-
Awards and Achievements of Kane Williamson
- He was awarded the T20 Player of the Year by NZC for the 2014-15 season.
- At the end of the World Cup 2019, he was awarded the Player of the Tournament award after becoming the highest scoring captain in a single World Cup, making 578 runs in 10 matches.
- He was also nominated for the Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade, and the award for Test cricketer of the decade.
Who is Kane Williamson married to?
Kane Williamson is a married man. He married his beautiful wife, Sarah Raheem. The couple is also blessed with a daughter who was born on 16th December 2020. He stood down from the second test against the West Indies so he could attend the birth. As of today, the duo is leading a happy life with their daughter. His sexual orientation is straight and he is not gay.
Kane Williamson is also active in charity and donated his entire match fee for all 5 ODIs of the New Zealand vs Pakistan 2014 ODI series to the victims of the Peshawar school massacre of 2014.
How tall is Kane Williamson?
Kane Williamson is a very handsome man with attractive body features. He stands tall at the height of 5 ft 8 in or 1.73 m. His body build is average and his body weight consists of 68 Kg or 150 lbs. His hair color is light brown and his eye color is light blue. He has a heavy beard. His other body measurements such as chest size, biceps size, dress size, shoe size, and more have not been disclosed yet.