Former India batsman, VVS Laxman lavishes high praises for Kane Williamson as the Kiwi skipper continues to pile up runs. Williamson notched his 24th Test century on Day two of the ongoing Test match against Pakistan in Christchurch.
VVS Laxman, who has worked with Williamson during his stint as a mentor for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, took to Twitter to applaud Williamson’s form, be it in T20 cricket in the IPL or the longest format of the game for New Zealand – since 2014 he had never averaged below 45 in Test cricket.
VVS Laxman is impressed, but not one bit surprised that the Black Caps captain has struck his third ton in three consecutive matches – 1 against West Indies and 2 versus Pakistan – as he knows how meticulously Williamson prepares for every game. The 46-year-old feels that Williamson’s work ethic is second to none and is a role model for youngsters.
“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” tweeted the former India player.
Kane Williamson hundred puts New Zealand in a dominant position on Day 2
After posting a decent total of 297 in their first innings on Day 1 Pakistan would have hoped for their bowlers to make most out of the helpful conditions on the second day of the match at the Hagley Oval. And they did – New Zealand were reduced to 71/3 by the start of the post-lunch session.
However, it was all the hosts after that all the way to the stumps. The Pakistani bowlers were made to toil after that as Williamson and Henry Nicholls stitched a 215-run unbroken stand.
Pakistan have only themselves to blame for allowing the hosts to reach such a dominating position as they end Day 2 with a slim trail of 11 runs and 7 wickets in hand. Nicholls was given a reprieve when he was dismissed by Shaheen Afridi off a no-ball. Pakistani fielders couldn’t take their half chances, they missed run-out opportunities.
Add to it some poor captaincy by stand-in skipper, Mohammad Rizwan asking part-timers to bowl and spreading out the field instead of applying pressure allowing Williamson to race to his hundred with a flurry of boundaries.
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