Watch: Pakistan players laud Kane Williamson for supreme knock
When we talk about fab 4 batsmen in the modern-day era, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Babar Azam would come to our mind. These are the only four players who have been consistently scoring runs for the team across formats.
It is good to see that these players are setting a great example in the batting department. Earlier, New Zealand captain named Virat Kohli and Steve Smith as the two best batsmen of the current generation. Both Smith and Kohli were truly sensational in the longest format of the game and dominated the format over the last couple of years.
Recently, Kane Williamson edged past Indian captain and former Australian captain to sit on top of the ICC Test batsman rankings. He secured 890 rating points after the first Test against Pakistan. The 30-year-old skipper essayed a magnificent 251 against West Indies in the home Test series.
The right-handed batsman also followed it up with a terrific century against Pakistan in the first Test match at Bay Oval. He was named the man of the match for his batting masterclass. Kane continued his dominance even in the second Test match and increased his rating points by adding more runs for his side.
The skipper brought up his third double century in a grand fashion as he helped the post a big total in the first innings. He ended up scoring a stellar 238 runs including a flurry of 28 fours. He was en route to scoring more runs for the team but he was dismissed by Faheem Ashraf.
Soon after that, fans gave him a standing ovation. Pakistani players showed a gesture of class after Kane’s stellar knock. Most of the players went up to the New Zealand captain and appreciated him for his top-class knock.
Watch the video below:
Kane Williamson's innings comes to an end on 238 at Hagley Oval. Pakistan players coming from around the ground to acknowledge the skipper. Kyle Jamieson joins Daryl Mitchell 61* with the team total 585/6 and a 288 run lead. Follow play LIVE in NZ with @sparknzsport #NZvPAK pic.twitter.com/zWeAzZZoQk
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Apart from Kane, Henry Nicholls played extremely well as he chipped in with an impressive 157. After he got out, Daryl Mitchell provided a solid platform down the order. He constructed the innings at a quick pace and scored a lightning century.
Kane delayed the declaration for some minutes only to give Mitchell all the time to score his first century in Tests. He remained not out on 101* off 112 balls including 8 fours and 2 sixes. Kiwis declared the innings at 659/6.