New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has made batting look so easy in Test cricket. The senior player was once again instrumental for the Black Caps, helping them seal the two-match Test series against Pakistan. With this win, New Zealand rose to the summit of the ICC Test Rankings, surpassing Australia. Notably, Williamson too is atop the ICC Test Rankings for Batsmen and he has some deafening numbers of late to support his cause.
The right-handed batsman has been a part of the famous Fab Four in Tests. A unique club that features the likes of modern-day stalwarts like Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Joe Root. There is little to separate each of these players, however, going by the look of things in recent times, Williamson has raised the bar. His pedigree and consistency is laudable and that has shifted into him being able to dig in and score valuable runs.
No one better than Williamson does the act of a saviour so well. He comes in at challenging times to bail out his side and score emphatically. Williamson’s concentration, patience and the ability to respect time have contributed to his success in the longest format. We saw his impetus against West Indies and now in the two Tests versus Pakistan.
In the recently concluded second Test, the star batsman notched a match-winning 238-run knock. Notably, it was a quick knock by Williamson’s standards as he smashed 28 fours. In the first Test. he hung in and produced a masterclass when his team was reeling at 13/2. Williamson scored a 297-ball 129 and stitched two notable stands. Prior to that, he smashed 251 against West Indies, keeping them at bay with a crafted 412-ball knock.
Williamson, who now has the joint-most double hundreds for New Zealand, has made it a habit of batting long. The daddy hundreds are becoming a recurrence. He loves spending hours and hours at the crease, toiling hard and nullifying the opposition bowlers.
Williamson, who became the fastest to 7000 Test runs for New Zealand (144 innings) has a terrific average of 54.31. Amongst the Fab Four, Smith and Kohli got to 7000 runs quicker (126 and 138 innings respectively). Smith (26) and Kohli (27) have more hundreds in Tests than Williamson, who now has 24. However, all three are just separated by a few runs in Tests.
Williamson has made NZ a paradise, getting 13 of his 24 tons at home. Since 2018, he has scored three double centuries. In the ongoing World Test Championship 2019-21, Williamson has 817 runs from nine Tests at 58.35. Notably, Smith has 1,038 runs from 11 Tests, whereas, Root has 866 runs from 14 matches. Williamson also has the second-best strike rate amongst the Fab Four in the WTC to highlight how he scores conveniently, after settling down.