Kane Williamson named ODI player of the year at New Zealand cricket’s virtual awards

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Kane Willaimson is one of the best batsmen in world cricket. On Thursday Kane Williamson named men’s ODI player of the year at the annual New Zealand cricket award for his exceptional performance throughout the year as an individual and with the New Zealand team in which he led the team to the world cup final.

Ross Taylor and White Ferns skipper Sophie Devine also got the major award in the event. Ross Taylor has been awarded men’s T20 player of the year award while Sophie Devine got the women’s T20 player of the year.

The awards were presented online for the first time due to Coronavirus pandemic around the world.

Kane Williamson is having one of the best years of his cricketing career. At the world cup, New Zealand star batsmen amassed 578 runs including two centuries and lead the team to the World cup final with some crucial knocks and leadership skills throughout the tournament.

Kane Williamson named as the player of the Tournament for his stellar performance throughout the World cup 2019.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead said”Kane was simply outstanding at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019,”

“Kane fully deserved his selection for the prestigious award. He has a great connection and builds great partnerships with our well-established middle order and when he bats till the last in an ODI innings, we’ll always be in a great position to win most of those matches.

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He added “He leads from the front and leads the team well, he has his own elegant style of play and certainly the respect of his peers. He’s calm under pressure situations, purposeful demeanour flows through his leadership and, in turn, the team,”

Stead said”A man of Ross’ international experience is very valuable in the fastest form of the game,”

“He has the ability to understand the batting conditions quickly and accurately in different venues in different countries. This is a skill which helps the team as well and helps us to plans things more accurately and quickly in the fastest form of the cricket game.”

In women’s cricket, Bates was named the ODI player of the year for his exceptional performance. She racked up the two half-centuries in three matches against South Africa – the team’s only games in the format in the past year.

White Ferns head coach, Bob Carter said.”Suzie has been a stellar performer for the team and class player for many years,”

“She paces ODI innings brilliantly and has the ability to understand field placements and what opposition captains are trying to do by analyzing the situation on the field and how they are looking to contain or restrict her game.”

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In women’s T20, Devine has been a consistent performer for the team and enjoyed an excellent year, scoring her maiden T20 century while also becoming the first player, to reach 50 in five, and then six, consecutive T20 Internationals.

Carter said”Sophie had an exceptional season with the bat in T20 cricket,”

“Our T20 side is at its peak when Sophie is scoring runs at the top and leading the team by an example as a performer. She gives others around her the freedom to play their natural game.

Carter further added.”Sophie’s ability with the ball in T20 cricket goes under the radar at times. She will often step up and bowl the hard overs in very crucial situations of the game and uses changes of pace to her advantage. She is a top quality all-rounder and an exceptional T20 talent,”

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