New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has been in sensational form in the ongoing New Zealand vs Pakistan 2020-21 Test series. The right-hander who led his side to a comprehensive win in the first Test by scoring a glorious 129 (1st innings) carried his staggering form into the new year as he smashed yet another scintillating century in the NZ vs PAK 2nd Test to put the hosts in the driver's seat.
💯 The first centurion of 2021!— ICC (@ICC) January 4, 2021
An incredible innings from Kane Williamson. He slammed four fours in an over to go from 78 to 94 🤯
24th Test hundred for the New Zealand skipper 🙌#NZvPAK pic.twitter.com/rvz9NFR0Ls
Williamson had a terrific 2020 where he featured in four Tests and scored 498 runs at a blistering average of 83.00 with two tons and one fifty. The Kiwi skipper has started 2021 with a bang as he brought up his 24th Test century at Hagley Oval. As soon as Williamson notched his ton, Twitter erupted as fans congratulated the World No. 1 ranked Test batsman for scoring yet another century. Several reactions poured in as netizens lauded the genius of Williamson. Here's a look at a few reactions.
Kane Williamson last 5 first innings score in Test Cricket:— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) January 4, 2021
89, 3, 251, 129, 111*
No.1 Test batsman for a reason 💥💥— Kiran (@kiranreddy_45) January 4, 2021
2 hundreds in two test matches against pakistan
Well played kane williamson 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/gwPl2pvpyG
Again and Again Kane williamson!! What brilliance and consistency!! Way to lead the team!! So glad to have witnessed this legend!! https://t.co/kAHyXacZVK— vamsi krishna (@vamsi_anupoju) January 4, 2021
Kane Williamson was on 20 off like 70 balls and then brought up his 100 from 140 balls. Just saying. #NZvPak— EEMS (@NaeemahBenjamin) January 4, 2021
Kane Williamson - What an amazing batsman you're 👏👏🔥🔥— Bhatti (@Randomyzer) January 4, 2021
Kane Williamson should be officially anointed as the best batsman of this era.! No change in his game in any format any condition and any time of the day or year. How legendary is that!?#NZvsPAK @BLACKCAPS @ICC— Cricketique (@ParchureSushrut) January 4, 2021
Meanwhile, en route his century, the 30-year-old recorded the most fifty-plus scores (which included both fifties and hundreds) for New Zealand in Test matches. Having crossed the coveted figure 56 times, Williamson has gone past former New Zealand captain, Stephen Fleming, who has achieved the feat 55 times. The Blackcaps skipper's stellar knock in the NZ vs PAK 2nd Test has also helped his side stage a fighting comeback in the match and has put New Zealand on the front foot.
Kane Williamson's position in the ICC Test rankings is yet another testament to the player's remarkable skills with the bat. With 890 points to his name, the cricketer currently holds the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. Indian captain, Virat Kohli, with 879 points, is the closest to Williamson.
Williamson has featured in 82 Test matches so far in his career, having scored 6980 runs in the format to go with 24 centuries, and 32 half-centuries. The batsman also has contributed significantly towards the success of his team in limited-overs cricket. With 6173 runs in ODI cricket, and 1723 runs in the shortest format, Kane Williamson stats make for a staggering read.
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