New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson, has become the highest scorer by a captain in a single World Cup edition.The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 saw Kane Williamson score 578 runs in 11 matches. Playing in the World Cup finals, he nicked a Liam Plunkett cross seamer. He scored 30 in his final innings of the World Cup taking his total to 578 runs.
As a captain, only Greg Chappell (686 in B&H World Series 1980/81) and Allan Border (590 in B&H World Series 1984/85) have scored more runs in an ODI series/tournament than Williamson’s 587 this World Cup.
Kane Williamson has been phenomenal for New Zealand this World Cup, leading from the front. This World Cup was always about the big four, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson. Eventually, there are only two left after each of them eliminated the one of the other two. If Virat Kohli was supposed to be the show man, Williamson did it his way. Virat Kohli played under the shadow of Rohit Sharma’s 5 centuries. And Joe Root was underpinned by the openers Johnny Bairstow and Jason Roy. Four Australian batsmen have better average than Steve Smith. But for New Zealand, it was Kane all the way. He has scored almost one third of the runs his team has managed to score. And most times, he was in there within the first two overs.
New Zealand had to depend a lot Williamson. Also, they should be thankful to the law that gave weight-age to the net run rate. In the end, a 10 wicket victory over West Indies turned out to be extremely important for New Zealand. More than anybody had thought at that moment.
After New Zealand glorious journey into their second consecutive World Cup finals, New Zealand again found themselves depending on Williamson. The New Zealand captain though, was out after getting a good start. It still depends on his leadership in the second innings though. He has been brilliant in marshaling his troops and that is also one of the reasons New Zealand.