Kane Williamson is 11 factors away from Virat Kohli within the ICC Men’s Test Rankings for batsmen.© Twitter
After displacing Virat Kohli and Steve Smith to achieve the primary spot within the ICC Men’s Test Rankings for batsmen, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Thursday stated he was simply attempting to do the perfect for his aspect which mirrored within the rankings. Williamson performed a knock of 129 within the first innings of the Bay Oval Test towards Pakistan. “It’s about trying to do as much as you can for the team. If you can contribute as much as you can and it can be reflected on the rankings, that’s really cool,” Williamson stated in a video posted on ICC’s official Twitter deal with. Willamson did briefly occupy the highest spot in the direction of the tip of 2015, however both Smith or Kohli have been primary since. This yr too, Smith was on the prime for 313 days and Kohli for 51, earlier than Williamson surged forward.
In Thursday’s year-ending replace, which additionally included performances from the second Test between Australia and India in Melbourne and the primary Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Centurion, Williamson gained 13 ranking factors for his effort of 129 and 21 to go 11 factors away from Kohli and 13 forward of Smith. Kohli is on paternity go away for the final three Tests of India’s ongoing sequence towards Australia, whereas Smith’s MCG outing might solely get him scores of zero and eight.
“Those two (Virat Kohli and Steve Smith) players are the best. For me, sneak up someone is very surprising and humbling. Those are the two players year and year out in all formats moving the game forward, very fortunate to play against these guys,” the Kiwi stated.
“It was a great game to be involved in. We seem to have many tight finishes against Pakistan. The last three have gone to the last 25 minutes of the last day. Both teams fought incredibly hard. I think we had moments although the resistance put up by Pakistan on the last day was incredibly strong. It is really exciting to cross the line and hunt for an opportunity for the World Test Championship,” he added.
For Pakistan, Fawad Alam’s valiant second-innings century has lifted him 80 locations to 102nd place whereas wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan’s scores of 71 and 60 have helped him advance 27 locations to a career-best 47th place. Left-arm quick bowler Shaheen Afridi has moved from 35th to 33rd after grabbing 4 wickets within the first innings.
Pakistan will tackle New Zealand within the second Test of the two-match sequence on the Hagley Oval in Christchurch from January 3.
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