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Cricket World Player of the Week - Kane Williamson

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Sunrisers Hyderabad may have been knocked out of IPL 2020 after their defeat to Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2, but, like he always does, Kane Williamson won a lot of hearts on his way out.

Kane Williamson wasn't part of the starting XI of Sunrisers Hyderabad due to an injury. Given that they already had four solid overseas players in David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi/Mitchell Marsh, it was very difficult to include Williamson in the XI even after he became fit.

However, once he was included in the XI, he did not allow the team management to even think about dropping him. Scoring 317 runs from 12 matches at an average of 45.28 and a strike rate of 133.75, Williamson was crucial in Sunrisers Hyderabad's late resurgence and their rise to Qualifier 2.

Williamson scored three half-centuries in the tournament, two of which came in the most crucial matches, with him scoring an unbeaten half-century against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator and then waging a lone battle with 67 in Qualifier 2.

Williamson played different roles for the side, from batting in the middle order at various slots, to opening the batting at one point and also playing the finisher's role towards the end.

Who says, Williamson is not suited to T20s. Ask SRH skipper David Warner.

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