After Brendon McCullum, the biggest batsman that has happened to New Zealand is Kane Williamson. A promising, dedicated, responsible young prodigy who went on to become one of the best players of the modern generation. A right-hand batsman who can adjust his game as per the format without playing any cross-shot but in a classic way. Since his induction as the captain of the New Zealand team, it has touched new heights at the highest level. Let’s take a look on some interesting facts about Kane Williamson.
21 Interesting Facts About Kane Williamson
- Kane Stuart William was born on 8th August 1990 in Tauranga, New Zealand. His father Brett has played club cricket in New Zealand and mother Sandra was a basketball player in her younger days.
- Williamson has a twin brother Logan, who is a few minutes younger than him. He has three elder sisters also. His all sisters used to play Basketball.
- The talented youngster began playing senior representative cricket at the age of 14 and made his debut in first-class at 16. Kane attended Tauranga Boys College, by the time he left his college he had 40 centuries in his account. So you can perceive that he was a superstar from a very young age.
- New Zealand cricketer Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell stay in Williamson’s neighborhood. However, Bracewell is his childhood friend.
- Williamson is a multi-sports person. In his childhood, he would play Rugby and has excelled in basketball in school.
- Kane Williamson led the New Zealand side in the 2008 U-19 World Cup. Kiwis got eliminated in the semi-finals, Kane managing to score only 124 runs in 5 matches.
- The pro batsman made his ODI and Test debut against India in 2010. The start of his ODI career was not good, he went back to the pavilion for a 9 all duck. But he thrived in his test debut, hitting a spectacular century, 131 off 299 balls.
- At the of 20. Williamson became the youngest Kiwi player to score a century in international cricket, notching up 108 runs in 131 balls in Dhaka.
- Williamson is on the verge of being the highest run-scorer in the test, holding the 2nd spot at the moment in the tally with 7230 runs in 85 matches at an impressive average of 53.95.
- Kane Williamson’s cricketing idol is great Sachin Tendulkar.
- The 31 years old is a kind-hearted human being, in 2014, more than 130 children lost their life due to a terrorist attack in Peshawar, as a noble gesture, Williamson donated his match fees from the matches against Pakistan in the crisis.
- Since the time, Kane has been leading the New Zealand team, it has reached the semi-finals of the 2016 T20 World Cup and 2019 World Cup final, where Kiwis lost for a weird rule (most number of fours).
- New Zealand has been phenomenal in the longest format of the game since 2019, they won the inaugural World Test Championship, which’s final was held in Southampton against India. Williamson scored the fifties in both innings to take his team home.
- Among all New Zealand captains, Kane Williamson has the best winning percentage, 86 wins out of 163 (52.76).
- After an impressive knock of 50* in eliminator of the 2020 IPL against RCB, David Warner gave a nickname to Williamson- “Steady the Ship”.
- Every big player wants to be a part of the English County Cricket once in their lifetime. Kane has played for two County clubs Gloucestershire (2011-12) & Yorkshire (2013-18) so far.
- The IPL giant Sunrisers Hyderabad signed Kane Williamson in 2015. He became a part of the winning team in 2016 and captained the side in 2018 and finished the season as runners. The Kiwi batsman won the Orange Cap, amassing 735 runs in 17 matches.
- New Zealand legend Martin Crowe said- “Kane Williamson is the greatest ever batsman of New Zealand”.
- Williamson met her nurse girlfriend Sarah Raheem in England in 2015, but they are not married yet. In 2020, the couple gave birth to a baby girl.
- Williamson’s estimated net worth is $10 million.
- Kane wears jersey No. 22.
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