Kane Williamson achieved another landmark in his career on Friday when he became New Zealand’s most successful captain in T20 World Cups. Williamson went past his former captain Daniel Vettori’s tally of 6 wins in the showpiece event of the shortest format. The Kiwis defeated Namibia in a Super 12 match on Friday in Sharjah.
Kane Williamson has now led New Zealand to 7 wins in T20 World Cups. In his first assignment as captain of the side in a major tournament, he led New Zealand to the semis of the ICC T20 World Cup in 2016.
Kane is the fifth most capped captain in T20I cricket. He has been a captain in 53 matches, 19 less than MS Dhoni, who leads the list.
Most successful New Zealand captains in T20 World Cups
Kane Williamson – 7 in 9 matches
Daniel Vettori – 6 in 13 matches
New Zealand stayed on track to reach the T20 World Cup semifinals after knocking off Namibia by 52 runs on Friday.
The Black Caps moved above Afghanistan into second place in their group behind already-qualified Pakistan. Beat Afghanistan on Sunday and they advance, too.
Forced to bat first, New Zealand was meandering until, with four overs to go, Glenn Phillips and Jimmy Neesham blew up the Namibia battery. They took an unbeaten 67 runs from the last four overs to post 163-4.