New Zealand captain Kane Williamson reveals his favourite cricketer

Williamson was also asked about the batsman he would have loved to bat with.

Kane Williamson & Ajinkya Rahane
Kane Williamson & Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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One of New Zealand’s most gifted batsmen Kane Williamson is not only having a great run with the bat but also as the captain of his country. He became the first captain of the Black Caps in nearly five decades to win an away series against Pakistan and the skipper himself played a key role in that win by scripting a terrific hundred. The 28-year-old also got runs in the first Test of the ongoing series against Sri Lanka at home and will be looking for a confidence-boosting win ahead of the series versus India starting next month.

Williamson recently turned up for a 25-question interview with ESPNcricinfo in which he revealed a number of facts related to his cricket and personal life. While replying those questions, he named his favorite batsman; the bowler from the past years which he would have loved to play now; the batsman he would have loved to bat with; the rugby player he likes the most; etc.

When the interviewer asked Williamson to name his favorite cricketer, he said, “Sachin Tendulkar”. Tendulkar was part of the Test in which Williamson had made his Test debut in Ahmedabad in 2010. The New Zealander had hit a hundred in his first Test though it was Harbhajan Singh’s century which had stolen the limelight in that drawn game.

Richie McCaw is Williamson’s favourite rugby player

Williamson was next asked about the batsman he would have loved to bat with and he said it was Ricky Ponting besides Tendulkar. The New Zealander was also asked to name his favorite player in rugby – another sport which is followed very closely in the island nation and he said it was Richie McCaw. The 37-year-old retired rugby player has been one of New Zealand’s most famous ones who captained the national side for several games and is the most capped test player in rugby.

Williamson, who also said Australia’s Glenn McGrath is the bowler he would have loved to face, has scored over 12,000 international runs across all the formats of the game and is considered one of the top four batsmen of this era along with India’s Virat Kohli, Australia’s Steve Smith and England’s Joe Root.

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