Every successful cricketer in his life gets appreciation and love from the people of the country, but not everyone the whole world bows to irrespective of race and religion. Cricket in India has always been a point of common interest for majority and after the Kapil Dev led 1983 Prudential World Cup victory, it became a religion itself. But the best thing that happened to Indian cricket made his entry to the field after this. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the man who put India on the Everest in the map of world cricket, he is. Arguably the best player the world has ever seen, and the one who has got almost every record after his name has been compared with every rising player but the most apt comparisn seemed to be with the current Test skipper of Indian side Virat Kohli. The dynamics in his batting and with the pace he started scoring, it seemed like he is the next big thing and surely is one of the prominent cricketers of modern time.
But there is another name. One, who slowly and steadily improved the way he plays and now has become the most dependable player of New Zealand side. Kane Williamson, the skipper of the side for Zimbabwe series. He is not as frequently in the news as Kohli but the potential suggests he can also be a considered as the next SRT.
Williamson’s international cricketing career started off against the country which Tendulkar used to play for, India. It was 2010 and the start was a depressing one as he scored ducks in both his first and second ODI of his career. But his first ODI century came in the same year against Bangladesh, making him the youngest player to score a ton as a New Zealand cricketer. The story seems somewhat close to the maestro as he also scored nothing in the first ever ODI but then in the same year scored his maiden test century against New Zealand. This made him the youngest Indian to score a 100.
In spite of his bad phase, in his 5 year international career he has scored 10 test and 7 ODI hundreds. In tests if he scores a ton, the stats say, the country loses only 1 match out of 10 in test and 2 out of 7 in ODI, showing the level of dependence the country’s cricketing team has on him. True to his talent on field, he has already won four Man of the Series awards, most by any New Zealand player. Having played only 41 test matches, his test run totals in 3199 with an average of 45.70 whereas in ODIs it is 3269 runs in total with an average 48.79 surpassing Tendulkar’s 44.83. Apart from his batting, Williamson has also proved himself efficient with the ball as he is a part time off-spinner with 27 test and 26 ODI wickets to his credit.
Negatives as well as positives of both the batsmen tend to look alike as Tendulkar has got the maximum number of dismissals in the nervous nineties in one calendar year (6 times in 2007) and this year, Williamson has already got 5 of them. The similarity in the characteristics of both the players show in their game and only time will tell if he proves to be another legend like Sachin.
But why are we, all of a sudden, up with Kane Williamson? Because he is playing so good in the on-going series? Not really, because it’s his birthday. And here’s Wishing another promising talent that he becomes as good as his childhood idol, Sachin Tendulkar !