Kane Williamson, New Zealand skipper has now scored a hundred in every Test he has played this summer, and former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman is not at all surprised to see the consistency of the world number one batsman.
Kane Williamson hit an unbeaten 112 on day two of the second Test against Pakistan to put the Kiwis on top here at the Hagley Oval on Monday. This is his third consecutive ton after his 129 in the first Test and career-best 251 against West Indies in December 2020.
Kane Williamson’s Consistency Doesn’t Surprise VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman explained the reason behind his phenomenal success and said that the Kiwi skipper is the true role model for any youngster who is trying to make a name by playing cricket.
The former Indian batsman, who was famous for his wrist work stroke play in his playing days, said Kane Williamson’s unbelievable work ethics and attention to detail while preparing for any game are the prime reasons behind his success.
“Not at all surprised to see the consistency of Kane Williamson. Unbelievable work ethics and attention to detail while preparing for any match are the reasons behind his success. A true role model for any youngster to emulate,” Laxman tweeted.
Not at all surprised to see the consistency of Kane Williamson. Unbelievable work ethics and attention to detail while preparing for any match are the reasons behind his success. A true role model for any youngster to emulate. #NZvPAK pic.twitter.com/TCoF3bAcyk
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 4, 2021
Kane Williamson scored above 6500 runs in over 80 Tests averaging in the 50s and notched ahead of Steve Smith and Virat Kohli to become No. 1 batsman.
New Zealand Trails Pakistan By 11 Runs Ending 2nd Day At 286/3
The Kiwis concluded day two of the ongoing Test at 286/3, trailing Pakistan by 11 runs. Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls are currently unbeaten on 112 and 89 respectively. For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, and Faheem Ashraf scalped one wicket each.
Starting their innings on the second day, New Zealand openers provided a steady start to the side as Tom Latham and Tom Blundell put on 52 runs for the first wicket, but Pakistan came back strongly as the visitors dismissed both the openers in a span of six balls.
Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls though went past their half-century mark after arriving at the crease with the score at 71/3 following Ross Taylor’s wicket. In the end, the duo saw out the final session of play and the Kiwis ended day two with seven more wickets remaining in the bag. New Zealand had bundled out Pakistan for 297 in the first innings as Kyle Jamieson scalped five wickets.
New Zealand had won 1st Test with Kane Williamson scoring a ton but the match was well poised as Pakistan fought till the very end but lost despite Fawad Alam scoring 102 and stand-in skipper Mohammed Rizwan’s valuable contributions in both innings.