For the first time, Kane Williamson is leading the New Zealand team in the ICC Champion’s Trophy matches that will start in June 2. Williamson, who took up the captaincy of the New Zealand Cricket Team in all forms in March 2016, has, till date, given a promising performance as a captain. As a batsman as well, he has been exceptional with an average of around 54 in 18 innings, while his average when he was not a captain was only 47 in 87 innings. In T20Is also, his average as a batsman has improved to 42 in 12 innings after he became the captain from 37 in 28 innings when he was not.
Kane Williamson became the captain of the New Zealand team for the first time in their West Indies Tour in 2012. He was just 22 then, but he efficiently led the team in one T20I match and three ODI matches. Yet, his best show as a captain was in 2014, when the team played against Pakistan in December 2014. The Kiwis won the series for 3-2 and Williamson scored a whopping 346 runs in that five-match series.
The list of achievements of this young but efficient leader does not end there. One aspect that everybody appreciates about this talented batsman is his consistency against different opposing teams. He is one of the few international batsmen to score a century against all other test-playing country-teams. He achieved this feat during the test series against Zimbabwe in 2016. He is also the youngest player to get into this list. He also has the second highest number of Test centuries among New Zealand players, Martin Crowe having the highest. He shares the second position with Ross Taylor, though. He also has the rare achievement of scoring 16 centuries from the least number of matches, within the age of 26.
How will Williamson perform along with his team in the ICC Champion’s Trophy 2017 is something we all are eagerly looking forward. But one thing is guaranteed, he is least likely to disappoint his fans. You can watch the Kiwis play in the Champion’s Trophy matches on Yupp TV. The live telecast will be available in Canada and Europe. The fans in UK, Australia and Asian countries will be able to enjoy Highlights and the USA fans will get live audio commentary on Yupp TV.
Will Kiwis under Kane Williamson lift the Champion’s Trophy this year? Well, fingers crossed.