Kane Williamson Wiki, Height, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson is a New Zealand cricketer who has played many tournaments for them. He is the highest runscorer for New Zealand in tests. He has also captained New Zealand on several occasions and led them to clinch the inaugural World Test Championship in 2021. He has played in several seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Hyderabad Sunrisers. He is regarded as one of the finest New Zealand batsmen ever.

Wiki/Biography

Kane Williamson was born on Wednesday, 8 August 1990 (age 32 years; as of 2022) in Tauranga, New Zealand. His zodiac sign is Leo. He attended Pillans Point School, Otumoetai Intermediate School, and Tauranga Boys College from 2004 to 2008 and reportedly scored more than 40 centuries before completing his schooling. He trained under the coach Josh Syms during his early career.

A childhood picture of Kane Williamson

A childhood picture of Kane Williamson

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 8″

Weight (approx.): 70 kg

Hair Colour: Blonde

Eye Colour: Blue

Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 42ā€³, Waist 32ā€³, Biceps 14ā€³

Kane Williamson physical appearance

Family

He was born into a Christian family.

Parents & Siblings

His father’s name is Brett Williamson, and his mother’s name is Sandra Williamson. His father is a sales representative who played Under-17 and club cricket in New Zealand. His mother was a basketball player. He has a twin brother and three elder sisters. His twin brother Logan is one minute younger than him. His sisters named Anna, Kylie and Sophie were volleyball players.

Kane Williamson (extreme left) with his twin brother, Logan, and three sisters named Anna, Kylie and Sophie Williamson

Kane Williamson (extreme left) with his twin brother, Logan, and three sisters named Anna, Kylie and Sophie Williamson

Wife & Children

He got married to Sara Raheem, a nurse who was born in Bristol, England. The couple has two children, one daughter named Maggie born in 2019, and a son born in May 2022.

Kane Williamson with his wife, Sara Raheem

Kane Williamson with his wife, Sara Raheem

Kane Williamson's wife, Sara Raheem with their daughter, Maggie, and son

Kane Williamson’s wife, Sara Raheem with their daughter, Maggie, and son

Other Relatives

His grandmother Joan Williamson-Orr was a former mayor of Taupo, and she passed away at the age of 92 in 2023.

Kane Williamson's grandmother, Joan Williamson-Orr, with his photograph

Kane Williamson’s grandmother, Joan Williamson-Orr, with his photograph

He has a cousin named Dane Cleaver who also played for New Zealand.

Kane Williamson's cousin and New Zealand cricketer, Dane Cleaver

Kane Williamson’s cousin and New Zealand cricketer, Dane Cleaver

Signature/Autograph

Kane Williamson's autograph

Kane Williamson’s autograph

Career

Domestic

He started playing senior representative cricket at the age of 14 and first-class cricket at 16. He played his debut first-class test match for Northern Districts on 10 December 2007 against Auckland and scored 2 runs and 0 runs in the first and second innings respectively. He played his debut List A one-day match on 30 December 2007 against Auckland and scored 25 runs. He played his debut domestic T20 match on 6 February 2009 against Canterbury and scored 30 runs. He scored his maiden T20 century on 19 September 2014 with 101 runs not out off 49 balls against Cape Cobras in the 2014 Champions League T20.

Kane Williamson playing in a domestic match for Northern Districts

Kane Williamson playing in a domestic match for Northern Districts

International

Under-19

He played for the New Zealand Under-19 team, at the age of 17, in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup held in Malaysia.

Kane Williamson (left) with Trent Boult before the Under-19 World Cup in 2008

Kane Williamson (left) with Trent Boult before the Under-19 World Cup in 2008

Test

Kane Williamson played his debut test match on 4 November 2010 against India at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, India and scored his maiden test century with 131 runs in the first innings.

Kane Williamson during his debut test match against India

Kane Williamson during his debut test match against India

In the test against India at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, which started on 12 November 2010, he made his maiden test fifty (half-century) with 69 runs in the second innings. In the test against Sri Lanka in November 2012 at P Sara Oval, Colombo, she scored 135 runs in the first innings. In the test against England in March 2013 at Eden Park, Auckland, he took 4 wickets for 44 runs, his best test bowling figures, in the second innings. In the test against Bangladesh in October 2013 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong, she scored 114 in the first innings and 74 runs in the second innings. In the test against Pakistan in November 2014 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, he scored 192 runs in the first innings. In the test against Sri Lanka in January 2015 at Basin Reserve, Wellington, he scored 69 runs in the first innings and 242 runs not out in the second innings. In the test against Australia in November 2015 at WACA Ground, Perth, he scored 166 runs in the first innings. In the test against South Africa in March 2017 at Seddon Park, Hamilton, he scored 176 runs in the first innings. In the test against Pakistan in December 2018 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, he scored 89 runs in the first innings and 139 runs in the second innings. In the test against Bangladesh in February 2019 at Seddon Park, Hamilton, he scored 200 runs not out in the first innings. In the test against West Indies in December 2020 at Seddon Park, Hamilton, he scored 251 runs. his highest test score, in the first innings.

 

In the test against Pakistan in January 2021 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, he scored 238 runs in the first innings. In the test against Pakistan in December 2021 at National Stadium, Karachi, he scored 200 runs not out in the first innings. In the test against Sri Lanka in March 2023 at Basin Reserve, Wellington, he scored 215 runs in the first innings.

2021 ICC World Test Championship

He helped New Zealand to win the inaugural ICC Test Championship in 2021 held in England by scoring 49 runs and 52 runs not out in the first innings and second innings of the final match against India at Rose Bowl,Ā Southampton from 18-23 June 2021.

Kane Williamson (holding the trophy) celebrating with New Zealand squad after winning the 2021 World Test Championship

Kane Williamson (holding the trophy) celebrating with the New Zealand squad after winning the 2021 World Test Championship

ODI

He played his debut ODI match on 10 August 2010 against India at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla and got out on a duck. He scored his maiden ODI century on 14 October 2010 with 108 runs against Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka. He scored 100 runs not out against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo on 25 October 2011. He scored his maiden ODI half-century on 25 February 2012 with 55 runs against South Africa at Sky Stadium, Wellington. He took 4 wickets for 22 runs, his best ODI bowling figures, against South Africa at Boland Park, Paarl on 19 January 2013. He scored 145 runs not out against South Africa at Diamond Oval, Kimberley on 22 January 2013. He scored 123 runs against Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on 17 December 2014. He scored 118 runs against England at The Rose Bowl, Southampton on 14 June 2015. He scored 118 runs against India at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi on 20 October 2016. He scored 100 runs against Australia at Edgbaston, Birmingham on 2 June 2017. He scored 115 runs against Pakistan at Basin Reserve, Wellington on 6 January 2018. He scored 94 runs not out against India at Eden Park, Auckland on 25 November 2022. He scored 85 runs against Pakistan at National Stadium, Karachi on 11 January 2023.

 

2011, 2015, and 2019 ODI World Cup

In the 2011 ODI World Cup held in India, he scored 99 runs in 4 matches, with the highest score of 38 runs not out, at an average of 49.50 and a strike rate of 107.61. He bowled 5 overs and conceded 30 runs; his best bowling figures were 4 runs without any wicket. In the 2015 ODI World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand, he scored 234 runs in 9 matches, with the highest score of 57 runs, at an average of 33.43 and a strike rate of 78.00. He took 3 catches in the tournament. He bowled 2 overs and conceded 12 runs; his best bowling figures were 5 runs without any wicket. In the 2019 ODI World Cup held in England, he was the highest runscorer for New Zealand with 578 runs in 10 matches at an average of 82.57 and a strike rate of 74.97. He took 6 catches in the tournament. He bowled 15 overs and conceded 64 runs, took 2 wickets with the best bowling figures of 1 wicket for 25 runs.

Kane Williamson with Queen Elizabeth II before 2019 ODI World Cup

Kane Williamson with Queen Elizabeth II before the 2019 ODI World Cup

In the group stage match against West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester on 22 June 2019, he scored 148 runs off 154 balls, his highest ODI score. He helped New Zealand to enter the finals in 2015 and 2019 ODI World Cups; however, they failed to lift the trophy.

 

T20I

He played his debut T20I match on 15 October 2011 against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare; however, he did not get the chance to bat in the match. He scored 57 runs not out against England at Old Trafford, Manchester on 23 June 2015. He scored 72 runs not out against Pakistan at Seddon Park, Hamilton on 17 January 2016. He scored 73 runs not out against Bangladesh at McLean Park, Napier on 3 January 2017. He took 2 wickets for 16 runs, his best bowling figures, against Bangladesh at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on 6 January 2017. He scored 72 runs against England at Sky Stadium, Wellington on 13 February 2018. He scored 95 runs, his highest T20I score, against India at Seddon Park, Hamilton on 29 January 2020. He scored 61 runs against India at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on 20 November 2022.

Kane Williamson (left) with Hardik Pandya before the T20I series in 2022

Kane Williamson (left) with Hardik Pandya before the T20I series in 2022

2012, 2014, 2016, 2021, and 2022 T20I World Cup

In the 2012 T20I World Cup held in Sri Lanka, he scored 36 runs in 4 matches, with the highest score of 17, at an average of 12.00 and a strike rate of 90.00; he took 4 catches in the tournament. In the 2014 T20I World Cup held in Bangladesh, he was the highest runscorer for New Zealand with 146 runs in 4 matches, with the highest score of 51 which was also his maiden T20I half-century, at an average of 48.67 and a strike rate of 124.79; he took 3 catches in the tournament. He bowled 2 overs and conceded 30 runs; his best bowling figures were 13 runs without any wicket. In the 2016 T20I World Cup held in India, he scored 123 runs in 5 matches, with the highest score of 42, at an average of 24.60 and a strike rate of 105.13; he took 2 catches in the tournament. He bowled 1 over and conceded 3 runs without any wicket. In the 2021 T20I World Cup held in United Arab Emirates(UAE) and Oman, he was the highest runscorer for New Zealand with 216 runs in 7 matches, with the highest score of 85 runs in the final against Australia, at an average of 43.20 and a strike rate of 115.51; he took 2 catches in the tournament. New Zealand failed to defeat Australia in the final.

Kane Williamson playing in the 2021 T20I World Cup Final against Australia

Kane Williamson playing in the 2021 T20I World Cup Final against Australia

In the 2022 T20I World Cup held in Australia, he scored 178 runs in 5 matches, with the highest score of 61 runs, at an average of 35.60 and a strike rate of 116.34; he took 4 catches in the tournament.

Indian Premier League (IPL)

He played for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for nine consecutive seasons from 2015 to 2022. SRH acquired him for Rs 60 lakhs in the 2015 auction. He played his debut IPL match on 11 April 2015 against Chennai Super Kings at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai and scored 26 runs not out. In the 2015 IPL season, he scored 31 runs in 2 matches, with the highest score of 26 runs not out, at an average of 31.00 and a strike rate of 114.81; he took 2 catches in the season. In the 2016 IPL season, he scored 124 runs in 6 matches, with the highest score of 50 runs, at an average of 20.67 and a strike rate of 101.64; he took 5 catches in the season. He bowled 1 over and conceded 7 runs without any wicket.

Kane Williamson playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL match

Kane Williamson playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL match

In the 2017 IPL season, he scored 256 runs in 7 matches, with his highest score of 89 runs which is his highest IPL score, at an average of 42.67 and a strike rate of 151.48; he took 1 catch in the season. In the 2017 IPL season, he scored 256 runs in 7 matches, with the highest score of 89 runs which is his highest IPL score, at an average of 42.67 and a strike rate of 151.48; he took 1 catch in the season. In the 2018 IPL season, he scored 735 runs in 17 matches, with the highest score of 84 runs, at an average of 52.50 and a strike rate of 142.44; he took 6 catches in the season. In the 2019 IPL season, he scored 156 runs in 9 matches, with the highest score of 70 runs not out, at an average of 22.29 and a strike rate of 120.00; he took 2 catches in the season. In the 2020 IPL season, he scored 317 runs in 12 matches, with the highest score of 67 runs, at an average of 45.29 and a strike rate of 133.76; he took 6 catches in the season. He bowled 2 overs and conceded 24 runs without any wicket.

 

In the 2021 IPL season, he scored 266 runs in 10 matches, with the highest score of 66 runs not out, at an average of 44.33 and a strike rate of 113.19; he took 7 catches in the season. In the 2022 IPL season, he scored 216 runs in 13 matches, with the highest score of 57 runs, at an average of 19.64 and a strike rate of 93.51; he took 10 catches in the season. In the 2022 auction for IPL 2023, he was acquired by Gujarat Titans for Rs 2 crores. He injured his right knee while attempting a catch during the game against Chennai Super Kings on 3 April 2023 and returned to New Zealand as he was ruled out of IPL 2023.

Kane Williamson walking on crutches after injury in IPL 2023

Kane Williamson walking on crutches after injury in IPL 2023

County

He played for Gloucestershire in the 2011 season. He played for Yorkshire in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018 seasons and helped them to win the county championship in 2015.

Kane Williamson playing for Yorkshire

Kane Williamson playing for Yorkshire

Caribbean Premier League

He played for Barbados Tridents in the many seasons of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

 

Captaincy

He captained New Zealand across all formats of cricket for many years. He captained them to the finals of the 2015 & 2019 ODI World Cup and 2021 T20I World Cup; however, they failed to win any of them. He captained New Zealand in 40 tests, winning 22 and losing 10. He captained them in 88 ODIs, winning 45 and losing 38. He captained them in 69 T20Is, winning 35 and losing 33. He also captained Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in different seasons of IPL; however, he failed to lead them to win any tournament. He captained SRH in 46 matches, winning 22 and losing 24.

Jersey Number

His jersey number in international, IPL, and county matches is 22.

Kane Williamson's 22 jersey number

Kane Williamson’s 22 jersey number

Records

  • Youngest New Zealand player to score a century on ODIs
  • 8th New Zealand player to a century on debut in tests
  • Fifth-fastest batsman and fastest New Zealand player to score 3,000 test runs in fewest inningsĀ (78 innings)
  • Most test runs scored by a New Zealand player in one calendar year (1172 runs in 2015)
  • 13th player (youngest as well) to score a century against all the other test-playing nations
  • First New Zealand player to cross 900 rating points in the ICC Test batting rankings
  • Fastest New Zealand player to score 6,000 test runs
  • Third fastest batsman to score 6000 ODI runs in fewest innings (139 innings)
  • First New Zealand player to score 5 double centuries in tests
  • First New Zealand player to score 25 centuries in tests
  • First New Zealand player to score 8000 runs in tests
  • Maximum runscorer for New Zealand in tests

 

Controversy

Catch controversy

During the Super 12 match against England in the 2022 T20I World Cup, he attempted a catch off the shot by England captain Jos Buttler. Allegedly, the catch got dropped and hit the ground first, but he was seen holding the ball close to the chest. He signalled to the umpires that he fumbled yet claimed to take the catch. Later, the replays displayed on the screen that the ball hit the ground, and Buttler returned back to the crease. He was called a cheater by many fans who were angry at him for faking the catch. Williamson apologised to the Buttler later. [1]The New Zealand Herald

Kane Williamson dropped the catch but appealed which became a controversy

Kane Williamson dropped the catch but appealed which became a controversy

Awards, Honours, Achievements

  • T20 Player of the Year by NZC for the 2014ā€“15 season
  • Sir Richard Hadlee medal for the best player of the year, Test player of the year, Redpath Cup (Batting) by NZC in 2015

    Kane Williamson (second from left) with an award

    Kane Williamson (second from left) with an award

  • Nominated for the Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade and Test Cricketer of the Decade in 2020
  • Selected as a member of the ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year of 2021

Car Collection

He owns an Obsidian BlueĀ Mercedes-Benz GLS, Holden Colorado, and aĀ Mini-Cooper S Convertible.

Kane Williamson driving his Holden Colarado

Kane Williamson driving his Holden Colarado

FavouritesĀ 

  • Actor: Del Metcalfe
  • Fim(s): Count of Monte Cristo and Redemption
  • Musician(s): Simon Webbe, Colbie, and Cat Stevens
  • Singer: Ed Sheeran
  • Indian Web Series: Mirzapur
  • Phrase: “Hakuna matata”

Facts/Trivia

  • His batting style is right-handed, and his bowling style is Right-arm off break.
  • His nicknames are The Kane Train, Sugar, Kanos, Nossy, The Vault, Kane is Able, Batting Machine, and Steady The Ship.
  • Although he bats and bowls with his right hand, he writes with his left hand.
  • In 2014, he donated his entire match fees for the 5-match ODI series against Pakistan for the victims of the Peshawar school bombing.

    Pakistani captain Younis Khan distributing Kane Williamson's jersey after he donated his entire match fees for 2014 Peshawar Bomb Blast victims

    Pakistani captain, Younis Khan distributing Kane Williamson’s jersey after he donated his entire match fees for 2014 Peshawar Bomb Blast victims

  • He played different sports during his childhood. He excelled in Rugby, Football, and Basketball as well apart from cricket.
  • He was also good in studies and was Head Prefect in his final year at school.
  • He likes surfing and spending time on the beach in his leisure time.

    Kane Williamson (right) and Dale Steyn surfing

    Kane Williamson (right) and Dale Steyn surfing

  • He is a pet lover and owns a pet dog named Sandy.

    Kane Williamson playing with his pet dog, Sandy

    Kane Williamson playing with his pet dog, Sandy

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