Full name Kane Stuart Williamson
Born August 8, 1990, Tauranga
Current age 27 years 163 days
Major teams New Zealand, Barbados Tridents, Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire 2nd XI, New Zealand Under-19s, Northern Districts, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Yorkshire
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Relation Cousin - D Cleaver
|Test debut||India v New Zealand at Ahmedabad, Nov 4-8, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v West Indies at Hamilton, Dec 9-12, 2017 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v New Zealand at Dambulla, Aug 10, 2010 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v Pakistan at Hamilton, Jan 16, 2018 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Harare, Oct 15, 2011 scorecard|
|Last T20I||New Zealand v West Indies at Mount Maunganui, Jan 3, 2018 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Auckland v Northern Districts at Auckland, Dec 10-12, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||New Zealand v West Indies at Hamilton, Dec 9-12, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Auckland v Northern Districts at Auckland, Dec 30, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||New Zealand v Pakistan at Hamilton, Jan 16, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Canterbury v Northern Districts at Christchurch, Feb 6, 2009 scorecard|
|Last T20s||New Zealand v West Indies at Mount Maunganui, Jan 3, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2/32, 32||New Zealand||v Pakistan||Hamilton||16 Jan 2018||ODI # 3953|
|73||New Zealand||v Pakistan||Dunedin||13 Jan 2018||ODI # 3949|
|19||New Zealand||v Pakistan||Nelson||9 Jan 2018||ODI # 3947|
|115||New Zealand||v Pakistan||Wellington||6 Jan 2018||ODI # 3946|
|19||New Zealand||v West Indies||Mount Maunganui||3 Jan 2018||T20I # 638|
|17*||New Zealand||v West Indies||Mount Maunganui||1 Jan 2018||T20I # 637|
|38||New Zealand||v West Indies||Whangarei||20 Dec 2017||ODI # 3943|
|43, 54||New Zealand||v West Indies||Hamilton||9 Dec 2017||Test # 2287|
|1, 0/0||New Zealand||v West Indies||Wellington||1 Dec 2017||Test # 2284|
|45, 38||Northern D||v Auckland||Hamilton||15 Nov 2017||FC|
By the time Kane Williamson is finished with playing cricket, it is probable that he will be New Zealand's greatest batsman. Even Martin Crowe endorsed that view. Williamson is ambidextrous, bats right-handed in the top order across formats, and has become a pillar of the New Zealand side since he made his debut in 2010.
Williamson was born into a sporting family in Tauranga, the largest city in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty region. His father had played Under-17 cricket for Northern Districts, his mother was a representative basketball player, and his sisters played volleyball at age-group level. Williamson took to cricket and it grew beyond a hobby quite quickly.
He was modest about his skills, too, - "Everyone is gifted, I guess, but you get some that seem exceptionally so. I'm not one of them," - yet Williamson was billed to make it since he was 14. He scored a century on Test debut at the age of 20, and at 24 years and 151 days he was the youngest New Zealand batsman to 3000 Test runs- younger than Don Bradman too.
At the crease, Williamson is comfortable against pace and spin, and he trusts the coaching manual explicitly despite the mutation of batting in the Twenty20 era. Among his best performances is his maiden Test double-century in January 2015, which helped New Zealand come from behind and beat Sri Lanka in Wellington. The innings was a testament to Williamson's hunger for runs and batting time - he was dissatisfied despite making 242 in over 10 hours.
Williamson has made his orthodoxy work and is capable of scoring at a brisk tempo - he has a T20 hundred for Northern Knights and became the quickest New Zealand batsman, and fifth overall, to 3000 ODI runs. For a measure of his consistency, he has two streaks of five or more successive fifty-plus scores in ODIs in 20 months since 2014.
He is rarely drawn to emotion and is a genial, but hard, competitor - Williamson once struck the winning six in a roller-coaster, one-wicket win over Australia in the 2015 World Cup, and celebrated with a smile and the calmest of fist pumps as Eden Park exploded in raucous jubilation.
Williamson is also an outstanding catcher and a part-time offspinner, though he needed to remodel his bowling after being banned from bowling in international cricket in June2014 for an illegal action.
With the mental strength to match his skills, Williamson was an automatic choice to take over the captaincy at the World T20 in 2016, soon after the retirement of the inspirational Brendon McCullum. Williamson led the team to four back-to-back victories in India, and was highly praised for his tactics that helped the team adapt to slow, turning pitches, before they were beaten by England in the semi-final.Alagappan Muthu