ICC World Test Championship witnessed New Zealand coming out as the winner of the tournament after defeating India in the final by 8 wickets. The Kane Williamson-led side chased down the 139-run target in the 2nd innings with 8 wickets in hand.
Earlier, they restricted India to 217-10 and 170-10 in the 1st and 2nd innings respectively. Kyle Jamieson emerged as the player of the match with his outstanding bowling figures of 61/7 against India in the final.
ICC World Test Championship witnessed participation from 9 top Test teams, who played many bilateral Test series during the last 2 years. The tournament saw several spectacular knocks by some batsmen which caught the attention of fans. In Test cricket, there is no limit on the numbers of overs and batsmen can play any number of deliveries they wish to.
There were few batsmen who played more than 100 balls in a single innings multiple times during the tournament. Here we take a look at 5 players to face 100 balls in an innings most times in ICC World Test Championship.
ICC World Test Championship: 5 Players To Face 100 Balls In An Innings Most Times In The Tournament
5. Joe Root- 9
Joe Root takes the 5th spot in this list. There were 9 innings during the tournament when the England skipper managed to face at least 100 balls. The right-handed batsman was the 2nd highest run-scorer in the tournament with 1660 runs in 37 innings at an average of 47.42.
Root faced a total of 3037 balls during the tournament. The 30-year-old also smashed 3 centuries and 8 half-centuries during the tournament, which also included 2 double centuries.
4. Cheteshwar Pujara- 9
Indian player Cheteshwar Pujara gets the 4th spot in the list. India’s Test specialist batsman also managed to face 100 balls in a single inning 9 times during ICC World Test Championship. The right-handed batsman played 18 matches during the tournament.
In 30 innings, he piled up 841 runs at an average of 28.03. Pujara faced a total of 2356 balls during the tournament. The 33-year-old also smashed 9 half-centuries for India during the tournament with the highest knock of 81 runs.
3. Ajinkya Rahane- 10
Ajinkya Rahane is the 3rd player in this list. The Indian vice-captain managed to face 100 balls in a single innings on 10 occasions during ICC World Test Championship. The right-handed batsman was the highest run-scorer for India and 5th highest overall. Rahane smashed 1159 runs in 30 innings at an average of 42.92.
The 33-year-old player faced a total of 2474 deliveries during the tournament. He hit 3 centuries and 6 half-centuries. Rahane’s highest knock in the tournament was 115 runs.
2. Steve Smith – 10
Steve Smith takes the 2nd spot in this list. The Australian batsman faced 100 balls in a single inning 10 times during ICC World Test Championship. The right-handed batsman emerged as the 3rd highest run-getter in the tournament with 1341 runs in 13 innings at an average of 63.85. Smith also faced a total of 2509 balls during the tournament.
The 32-year-old cricketer also smacked 4 centuries and 7 fifties during the tournament, out of which one knock was a double ton of 211 runs. It was also Smith’s highest score in the tournament.
1. Marnus Labuschagne-14
Marnus Labuschagne takes the top spot in this list. The Australian batsman faced 100 balls in an inning 14 times during ICC World Test Championship. The right-handed batsman was the highest run-scorer in the tournament.
He scored 1675 runs in 13 innings at an average of 72.82. Labuschagne faced a total of 2999 balls during the tournament. He also scored 5 centuries and 9 half-centuries, out of which one knock was a double hundred.