Thirteenth edition Indian Premier League (IPL) was all set to begin on the 29th of March, 2020. However COVID-19 pandemic has forced the organizers to postpone this much-awaited T20 event for an indefinite period. Neither we nor the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has any idea as to when this tournament might start. Even some sources claiming that if IPL 2020 doesn’t happen this year, it won’t be a matter of surprise.
One of the successful teams of the IPL is Sunrisers Hyderabad. Apart from Chennai Super Kings (CSK), SRH is another team from down south who has experienced success, unlike Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) who are yet to win a title in this tournament. Along with Indian players, overseas players also played a huge role in SRH’s success. One of the important players of the franchise is the current skipper of the New Zealand cricket team Kane Williamson. In absence of David Warner after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, The kiwi skipper guided SRH on the path to victory.
He joined the Hyderabad based IPL franchise on 6th February 2015 for US$96,500. Williamson played for SRH in 2016. This proved to be very fruitful for the franchise as they managed to won the title that year. Consequently, Williamson was retained by the SRH in the 2017 edition of the IPL. Next year he was again retained by the team for a whopping US$460,500. Under Williamson’s captaincy, the SRH went to final in IPL 2018. Though they lost to Chennai Super Kings by 8 runs, skipper played well in that year’s entire tournament. He won the Orange Cap for scoring most of the runs (735) in IPL 2018.
Kane Williamson becomes ODI player of the year
The current New Zealand skipper is in awesome touch. Recently he was adjudged as the ODI player of the year at the annual New Zealand Cricket awards. Williamson scored 578 runs at the last year’s cricket world cup with an average of 82. He scored two centuries in the mega event. He was also named player of the tournament. “Kane was simply exceptional at the ICC Cricket World Cup last year. He leads the team well, he has his style and certainly the respect of his peers. His calm, purposeful demeanor flows through his leadership and, in turn, the team,” New Zealand head coach, Gary Stead said.