Former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori believes Kane Williamson has proved his status as the country's greatest ODI player after his majestic century against South Africa at Edgbaston.
Williamson craftily anchored New Zealand's chase by scoring an unbeaten 106 to guide his team over the line in a nerve-jangling encounter that went right down to the final over.
With this win, the Black Caps have managed to maintain their unbeaten run in the tournament and look well set to qualify for the semi-finals.
Williamson batted with great restraint on a tricky surface, calmly heralding his team's chase in the face of frequent loss of wickets at the other end and ultimately striking the match-winning boundary.
"Kane Williamson has to be New Zealand's greatest ODI player of all time -- and innings like that against South Africa tell you exactly why," Vettori wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council.
"He's already there now and by the end of his career his record will far exceed anything we've had in the past or present, he really is that good."
Williamson was further helped by a counterattacking knock from Colin de Grandhomme, who contributed with 60 runs off 47 deliveries when New Zealand found themselves on the back foot at 137 for five.
The two put on 91 runs for the sixth wicket, which proved to be the turning point in the match and paved the way for a tight New Zealand victory.
"Kane has done so much in such a short period, whether a captain or not, he's been exceptional and he’s an absolute joy to watch," said Vettori.
"He plays all the shots, he knows how to manipulate the strike and he's always going to run hard.
"What differentiates him from a lot of batsmen in this day and age is his sole focus is winning the game and he tailors his batting towards that."
New Zealand currently top the points table with four wins in five games and will now clash against the weakened West Indies at Old Trafford.