In recent years cricketing experts and pundits have created a faction of the best batsmen around the world. The players in that faction are Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, and Steve Smith.
These players have been performing in all 3 formats with consistency but like every player, these batsmen have faced their out of form phase.
Recently, Joe Root and Virat Kohli have been out of form, in fact in over 10 years this was the first year in which Virat Kohli failed to score a century. Babar Azam has been enjoying his best year as an international cricketer. Steve Smith hasn’t been the same since his comeback. But one player that stands out the most in all formats is New Zealand’s Captain Kane Williamson.
Stats excluded; he is the only player out of the above to reach the last 2 world cup finals. He was the standout performer in the kiwi’s side ensuring they reach the final. In the 2019 World cup, he captained his side and despite being in difficult situations managed to find their place in the final because of the brilliant captaincy from Williamson.
In test format his technique is flawless and plays with such soft hands meaning that if the ball edges the bat and go to the slip fielder, it still doesn’t reach the slip fielder because of his technique.
His ODI technique is somewhat similar but the flow of runs and ability to hit the ball out of the park makes him extraordinary and gives his team a chance to score big runs.
In t20 cricket he is all about class. He doesn’t possess the hitting power of Glenn Maxwell, but his classy shots are enough to make a bowler afraid of him.
Although you can argue that Virat Kohli or Babar Azam are better but Kohli’s failure this year and Azam’s performance in the last 2 years can not be judged and justify Williamson’s performance in the last 5 years consistently
This should also be noted that this is not a comparison and a fact that he is the very best, it is my opinion based on what I’ve seen and learned. This is a blog based on the brilliant performances and class and appreciation for Kane Williamson.