New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has won the prestigious Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for the fourth time in six years besides getting adjudged as the ‘International Test player of the season” at the New Zealand Cricket Awards on Tuesday.
The champion cricketer was rewarded for his stellar performances during the home Test summer against the West Indies and Pakistan.
Williamson was in cracking form throughout the Test summer that saw him rack up a barely believable 659 runs in just four innings at an average of 159.
The Kiwi skipper creamed his career-best 251 against the West Indies at the Bay Oval and followed it up with another double-ton against Pakistan at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch to help his side claim a finals’ berth in the inaugural ICC Test Championship.
Kane Williamson received the news of him getting the award via a phone call from the legendary Sir Richard Hadlee.
The BlackCaps Twitter posted the video of the same on Tuesday.
Williamson told Hadlee that going into the Test summer, he and his team were really motivated towards claiming a spot in the WTC final, something that they achieved in fine fashion following commanding wins against the West Indies and Pakistan.
”Going into the Test summer – there was that Championship Final carrot and there was a real drive there for the guys,” said Kane Williamson.
“Although it seemed a long way off, winning four Tests before you’ve started one is a pretty lofty goal and we knew we just had to try and play as well as we could and commit to what was in front of us,” he added.
Williamson further added that he is proud to play a significant role as a leader and as a batsman in his team achieving the goal.
“To and do that for a long period of time and to spend some time at the crease personally and make contributions towards that … certainly pretty proud as a leader and a player in this side that we were able to achieve some of those things and we’re looking forward to that final,” he added.
Williamson will lead New Zealand in the ICC WTC final against Virat Kohli’s India in Southampton between June 18-22.
Watch the video here:
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