After the defeat of the New Zealand team in the match against Pakistan in the ODI World Cup 2023, their position of reaching the semi-finals was looking a bit doubtful. However, the Kiwi team, under the captaincy of Kane Williamson, has almost confirmed its place in the semi-finals by registering a big win against Sri Lanka by 5 wickets. The New Zealand team has shown very good performance in ICC tournaments so far under the captaincy of Williamson. For this reason, he can now become a part of a special club along with World Cricket 2 great captains Ricky Ponting and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
These special achievements can be achieved in ICC knockout matches
The record of playing the most number of captains in the knockout matches of the ICC tournament is in the name of Australia’s Ricky Ponting and former Indian player Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who have led their team in six matches each, including both the semi-finals and the final. Only matches are included. While Ponting played as captain in the 2003 and 2007 World Cup finals, he also led his team in the ICC Champions Trophy finals played in 2006 and 2009. On the other hand, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, besides captaining the team in the finals of 2007 and 2014 T20 World Cup, has also commanded the team in the 2011 ODI World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy.
Williamson has captained the team in so many knockout matches so far
If we talk about Kane Williamson, apart from captaining the team for New Zealand in the final of the 2019 ODI World Cup, he has also captained the team in the final of the 2021 T20 World Cup and the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-finals. Apart from this, Williamson also captained the team in the final of the ICC World Test Championship against India in the year 2021. Now, if he plays as captain in the upcoming semi-finals, he will become a part of this special club along with Ponting and Dhoni.
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