Kane Williamson. (Source: Twitter)

Kane Williamson is a right-handed batsman who is currently leading the New Zealand national team in all game formats. He was born on 8 August 1990 in Tauranga, New Zealand. According to the ICC Player Rankings, Kane Williamson is consistently rated as one of the world’s top-ranked Test and ODI batsmen.

Williamson represents Northern Districts in domestic cricket in New Zealand and has also featured for both Yorkshire and Gloucestershire in English county cricket. The 30-year-old made his first-class cricket debut in December 2007. He was part of New Zealand’s U-19 World Cup squad in 2008. In March 2016, Williamson was announced as captain of New Zealand across all formats after Brendon McCullum’s retirement.

The Kiwi batsman has played 83 Tests, scoring 7115 runs at an average of 54.3. In ODIs, he has amassed 6173 in 151 matches at an average of 47.5 and strike rate of 81.8. Talking about the shortest format of the game, Kane has featured in 67 games for New Zealand, scoring 1805 runs at an average of 31.7 and strike rate of 125.1.

Kane Williamson made his Indian T20 league debut in 2015 for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was brought in the squad as a back-up for David Warner and hence, did not get many chances in the initial seasons. In the 2018 season, Kane was appointed the skipper of Hyderabad in the absence of David Warner. He had a great tournament as he ended up as the highest run-scorer (735 runs) and also led his side to the final, where they lost to Chennai.

(As per May 1, 2021)