Tim Southee breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s Test batting record!
Tim Southee achieved dual milestones in the second Test against Sri Lanka; the first one is fairly fitting for a fast bowler, but the second record would undoubtedly surprise many.
In New Zealand’s first innings of 431 runs for 6 at the P Sara Oval in Colombo, Southee hammered two successive shots of sixes.
Against the delivery of Lasith Embuldeniya, the first of the two sixes was Southee’s 70th in Test cricket and that straightly set him beside Sachin Tendulkar’s 70 sixes in Test cricket.
And in the next ball, Southee smashed one more six to move his tally to 72 sixes in the longest version of the game.
India’s living legend Sachin Tendulkar, the leading run-getter in Test cricket, hit 70 sixes in a career of 200 matches while Southee shunned it in his 67th Test.
Last but not the least, Tim Southee has now sixes in Test cricket than AB de Villiers, Ian Botham and Shahid Afridi.
Former South Africa skipper de Villiers hit 64 in 114 Tests, England legend Botham struck 67 sixes in 102 Tests and Afridi scored 52 in 27.
Later in the match, Tim Southee became the fourth New Zealand bowler to bag 250th Test wicket. Entering into the game with 245 wickets, the 30-year old pacer grabbed a fifer to reach into the milestone.
He reached the milestone in his 67th Test match. Other Kiwi bowlers who reached into this particular milestone are Trent Boult, Sir Richard Hadlee and Daniel Vettori.
Sir Richard Hadlee took his 250th wicket in his 53rd Test while Boult achieved the milestone in 64th Test last week.