New Zealand captain Kane Williamson recorded the first Test century of the year. Williamson has struck a century in his previous three Tests, including a double-century against the West Indies at Seddon Park in December 2020. At the end of the second day of the series' third and final Test match against Pakistan, the 30-year-old remained undefeated on 112* off 175 deliveries.
Williamson was also named to the ICC's Men's Test Team of the Decade (2011–2020), unveiled recently. The native of Tauranga scored 6777 runs in 80 Tests at a 54.21 batting average, including 23 hundred, 31 fifty scores, and three double hundreds. Remember that Williamson is now the best Test batsman in the world after passing Virat Kohli and Steve Smith in the ICC Men's Test Rankings? He played all the matches to perfection. He became a role model for many youngsters who wanted to make a career in Cricket.
Williamson made his New Zealand first-class debut for Northern Districts when he was just 17 years old and has remained with the team ever since. On September 19, 2014, in the Champions League Twenty20, he made 101* off of 49 balls for Northern Districts, helping them to a close victory over Cape Cobras. We can say that at a very young age, he played very well and achieved great success in his life.
Kane Williamson led the New Zealand Under-19 side to the 2008 World Cup finals in Malaysia when he was just 17 years old. While the Kiwis advanced to the last four, they were ultimately eliminated by eventual winners India. Williamson was included in New Zealand's Test team for the second match against Australia on March 24, 2010. Unfortunately, he ended up sitting out the game.
Williamson made his ODI debut on August 10, 2010, against India. He was disregarded as a potential ninth-baller. In his second game, he got out for a second-ball duck after being bowled by Angelo Mathews. When Kane Williamson struck his first One-Day International century on October 14, 2010, against Bangladesh in Dhaka, he became the youngest hundred in New Zealand cricket history. Williamson's strong showing during New Zealand's 4-0 whitewash of Bangladesh earned him a spot in the Test team for the subsequent trip to India.
Former India cricketer and Williamson's mentor at Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), VVS Laxman, credited Williamson's consistency and amazing work ethic as the primary reasons for his success as a batter in red-ball cricket. The former Hyderabad cricketer, who played in 134 Tests and scored over 8,700 runs, also referred to Kane Williamson as a "true role model" for today's youth.
His success can be attributed to his unbelievable work ethic and meticulous match preparation. "A true role model for any youngster to aspire to be like," Laxman tweeted after Williamson's brilliant century in the second Test currently being played at Hagley Oval.
At day two's end, New Zealand navigated to 286/3, 11 runs behind the tourists. Williamson, accompanied by Henry Nicholls (89*), put on a masterful effort against the Pakistan bowlers, and the two have put up a magnificent 215* run partnership for the fourth wicket. Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, and Faheem Ashraf, all fast bowlers, took one wicket apiece on the second day of play.
Since 2007, Kane Williamson has been a New Zealand cricket team member. He bats and keeps wickets for the Wellington Firebirds and has previously played for Auckland, Otago, Canterbury, and the New Zealand national team. Williamson made New Zealand's ICC World T20 squad in 2017 and led the Plunket Shield in batting throughout the 2016–17 season. He saw ups and downs as well, but worked hard and performed well whenever the team needs his support