New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson was left surprised as well as a bit embarrassed by BJ Watling’s innocent act in Williamson’s press conference after thrashing Pakistan in the second Test in Christchurch.
While Williamson was answering questions to the reporters after his side’s victory over Pakistan, BJ Watling interrupting his skipper with a weird request. The wicket-keeper with a child-like innocuousness asked his captain to autograph a jersey for him.
Williamson, known as the ‘nice guy’, obliged and fulfilled his teammate’s wish. It induced a few laughs in the room as the surprised Black Caps skipper sheepishly apologized to the reporters for the interference.
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Kane Williamson leads New Zealand to the top of ICC rankings for the first time
As the hosts defeated Mohammad Rizwan’s side by an innings and 176 runs at the Hagley Oval, not only they clinched the series, but it also meant that New Zealand reaches the top of the ICC Test team rankings for the first time in their history.
The Kane Williamson-led side has been superb at home and away in the past few years: a series victory in the UAE, a Test match victory in Sri Lanka, and finally whitewashes over India, West Indies, and Pakistan.
Their skipper, Kane Williamson has led them from the front and has been in enviable form with the bat. Since the resumption of cricket in the pandemic era, the right-hander was superb in the IPL playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad adding some solidity in the middle-order.
His transition from the T20 format to Test cricket is close to unbelievable. In 3 Test he has played post the IPL, the 30-year-old has struck three hundreds, two of which are double hundreds. He bagged the Man of the Series award against Pakistan.
Along with Williamson, senior players such as Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, BJ Watling, and the relentless Neil Wagner has made significant contributions to New Zealand’s rise to the top of the ICC rankings. Youngster, Kyle Jamieson is the player to watch out for – he has picked 36 wickets in 6 Tests at an outstanding average of 13.28.