A humble of team man, Kane Williamson, took a rare moment to celebrate a superb year of contributions to the Blackcaps after he was named as the recipient of the 4th PLAYERS’ Cap.
Only a day after walking away with a handful of honors at the New Zealand Cricket Awards - including Test, ODI International and T20 International Player of the Year awards, as well as the Redpath Cup for Batting - the calm right-hander was appropriately named as the 2015 recipient of the prestigious PLAYERS’ Cap during a function in Auckland.
Williamson is the fourth player to be acknowledged as the players’ Player of the Year, and he was typically coy about being singled out for attention after NZCPA Life Member Geoff Allott presented him with the PLAYERS’ Cap in front of delighted team mates, management and guests.
“You don’t really think about what happens after we fill out the forms following each game, but this is kind-of nice to end up here and to receive the PLAYERS’ Cap. It’s really special.” said Williamson
“Mostly I am thankful to the other guys. To be part of a group of players with a collective approach toward achieving success is the most rewarding thing and something we are all really proud of.”
In 15 Test innings Williamson harvested 1070 runs (the second New Zealander to score 1000 Test runs in a calendar year) at an average of 89.17, including four centuries and a highest score of 242 not out against Sri Lanka in Wellington. In 20 One Day International’s Williamson compiled 987 runs at an average of 58.06, including three centuries.
Previous PLAYERS’ Cap recipients:
3rd - 2014: Ross Taylor
2nd - 2013: Tim Southee
1st - 2012: Brendon McCullum