KANE WILLIAMSON- THE MAN OF THE MOMENT
Courtesy : Indian Express
A world cup final played in a surcharged atmosphere. As the hosts England touted as favourites to win the title, it was a run for the money for them. For the Kiwis it was the second time they have entered the final consecutively. There was high drama unfolding as a run out throw resulted in an overthrow and the Umpire Dharmasena erroneously awarded 6 runs, which impacted in the final result as the match ended in a Tie. Some other captain would have contested this umpire’s decision. But the Newzeland captain didn’t. And the cup eluded for the second time for the Kiwis as England was declared winners by a ludicrous rule. Yes it was the 2019 World cup final and Newzeland captain was Kane Williamson. With so much hullah bullah going around, Kane Williamson kept his cool and he was like a Sage not showing any emotions.
After achieving Numero Uno position for Newzeland in ICC Test rankings recently in 2020, he credits his entire team for the success. Success never gets into his head and his feet are still grounded.
“It’s about trying to do as much as you can for the team. If you can contribute as much as you can and it can be reflected on the rankings, that’s really cool.” Kane Williamson, Captain after achieving the No.1 Test team in ICC rankings in 2020. (Watch the video below for his interview). Here Again it reflected his mindset.
https://youtu.be/dUMDDcp–DE (Williamson interview)
https://www.icc-cricket.com/video/1966809 (williamson interview)
MAN OF THE MOMENT
Williamson who took over captaincy from the dashing batsman Brendon Mccullum in 2016 and forged a winning combination of players.
The pace trio of Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner were lethal especially in home conditions who played together in 36 tests won 22 tests and lost only 3 tests.
The triumvirate pace bowlers have between them picked up an astronomical figure of 490 wickets in the 36 Tests played together.
And another interesting stats: – 5fer wickets : Southee – 5 times; Boult & Wagner 6 times
And the latest sensation is Kyle Jamieson, the tallest pace bowler , who debuted against India in the beginning of 2020, claimed an unenviable record 0f 36 wickets in just 6 tests. And the all-rounder Colin Grandhomme who picks up wickets and a pinch hitter with a strike rate of 81.72 in Tests at Home.
And in the batting line up, Kane Williamson led from the front averaging 62.81 in 35 Tests with 11 centuries including 3 double centuries. Tom Latham, the opener with 47.64 average, the veteran Ross Taylor with 54.27 and Henry Nichols with 50.03 form the core group in batting.
Now Kane Williamson having played 83 tests scored 7115 runs with overall average of 54.31 with 24 test centuries is the highest run maker for Newzeland in Tests and He is also the No.1 Test batsman in the world.
NUMERO UNO IN TESTS
Newzeland from 2017 to 2020 strode into the road of success winning all but 1 of the 11 Test series, including 8 home series , drawn 1 away series in Srilanka and won a series in UAE against Pakistan for the first time and losing a series versus Australia in Australia. Newzeland have not lost a single Test at Home barring one test against South Africa in 2017 at Wellington. All this happened under Kane Williamson’s Captaincy. And they toppled Australia from No.1 position in Tests now and claimed the top rank.