Kane Williamson scores ton against all Test nations; joins exclusive club
NZ skipper Kane Williamson (Image credit: www.sportal.co.nz)
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson joined an exclusive club comprising of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. He scored hundreds against all nine Test playing nations. He scored his 14th hundred in Bulawayo during NZ’s first innings against Zimbabwe.
He became the 13th player overall and first kiwi to score hundreds against all teams. This puts him in an elite club, which is very rare in the history of the game.
Gary Kirsten, Steve Waugh, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Brian Lara, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Jacques Kallis and Younis Khan are the other batsmen to have achieved this milestone of scoring a century against all nine Test nations.
Williamson, who is playing his 50th Test, achieved the landmark in double quick time. He took 91 innings. The previous record holder was former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara, who achieved in 114 innings.
The stylish right-hander also achieved this feat in 2012 days since his debut, breaking the record of 2349 days set by Gilchrist. Williamson is also the youngest to achieve this feat at the age of 25 years.
Kane Williamson also scored his 14th century. Ross Taylor with 15 and Martin Crowe is ahead on the list with 17 Test tons.
The only record missing from Williamson’s kitty is that he hasn’t scored a hundred in South Africa. The Black Caps will tour rainbow nation quite soon after completing the Zimbabwe leg of tour. The matches will be played at Durban and Centurion.
Williamson made his debut against India in 2010 at Ahmedabad and scored a hundred. The captain of NZ is playing beautifully and will break many records in near future. NZ are strong when Williamson is playing and they are climbing up the rankings and displaying the brand of cricket that they played under McCullum’s captaincy during 2015 ICC World Cup and Williamson is carrying the legacy forward.