Two years back when Kane Williamson scored a century on debut in India it was clear that a new star had arrived on the cricketing scene. As happens with most new players the second season was a bit harder since most opposition teams had done a bit more homework on him and studied him a bit more and so he struggled a bit.
The mark of a good player is how he comes back after the tough second season and Williamson has shown that he has the temperament by coming back so well in this his third season. If he continues in the same manner he should go on to break all batting records for New Zealand. He is the one shining bright light in the gloom that is New Zealand Cricket.
His century in the second one-dayer against South Africa helped the Kiwis post a big total on board and even though the hosts Proteas were well placed at one stage they panicked and had so many run outs that they lost a match that they should have won and if they had done so they would have kept the series alive.
The Proteas miss the calm composed Amla who apart from being in such terrific form has this presence on the ground that worries the opposition.
Williamson had also bowled well in the first game where he had picked 4 wickets with his off spin bowling. New Zealand’s win helps them to return home for the series against England with some confidence after the South Africans wiped the floor with them in the Test matches where it was so one-sided and it became boringly predictable.
In Australia, the Sri Lankan team also came back well with a drawn series though they felt a bit hard done by with the fourth game being called off due to heavy rains. They thought they had a good chance to wrap up the series there since they had contained the Australians, who but for a fine innings by the lower order batsman Mitchell Starc would have been dismissed for even less. Nuwan Kulasekera used the conditions well and had the Aussies on the backfoot but the weather spoilt the party.
India in the meanwhile have ensured that the first part of their home season was not a total disaster by winning the one-day series with a degree
of comfort. The bowlers have risen to the occasion and with Dhoni continuing his terrific form the Indians have coasted to easy wins and will
begin the second half of their international season against the Australians with a lot more confidence than after the Test series against England.
Kane Williamson for his match winning deeds with both bat and ball is the CEAT International Cricketer of the Week.
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