New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson scored a match-winning century at Edgbaston to knock South Africa out of this ICC World Cup 2019. Williamson remained unbeaten on 106 runs to chase down 241 runs on a trick wicket which earned praise from all over the globe. Former teammate Daniel Vettori praised the Kiwi skipper calling him the greatest ODI player ever from New Zealand.
Vettori praises Williamson
Kane Williamson shared two noteworthy stands with Martin Guptill and Colin de Grandhomme to chase down the target. Meanwhile, the wicket was not easy to bat on with as rain has played its part before the start of the game. He dominated the South Africa bowling and paced the innings at will attracting praise from all field. Williamson’s unbeaten century saw New Zealand overhaul the target in the last over with an outstanding six over the mid-wicket region.
One of the greatest left-arm spinners, Daniel Vettori, heaped praise on Kane Willaimson. The former cricketer also said that Williamson’s authority over the game speaks a lot and by the time he retires Willamson will break most of the records held by New Zealanders.
“Kane Williamson has to be New Zealand’s greatest ODI player of all time — an innings like that against South Africa tells you exactly why he is already there now and by the end of his career his record will far exceed anything we’ve had in the past or present, he really is that good,” Vettori wrote in his column for the ICC.
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Furthermore, Daniel Vettori pointed out that it is Kane Williamson’s sheer passion to win the game, which sets him apart from a lot of the batsmen of his generation. The 28-year-old Williamson is among the world’s leading batsmen with more than 13,000 runs. He will have to lead the team from the front in the matches to follow to secure a semifinal berth in the ICC World Cup 2019.
“What differentiates him from a lot of batsmen in this day and age is his sole focus is winning the game and he tailors his batting towards that,” he concluded.