VVS Laxman, the former Indian batsman, is highly impressed with Kane Williamson as the Kiwi skipper carries on to mount runs. Williamson has scored his 24th Test century in Christchurch on the second day of the ongoing test match against Pakistan.
VVS Laxman has posted on Twitter and applauded Williamson's form. In the past, Laxman has worked with the New Zealand skipper in the IPL during his time as a mentor for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Whether it is in T20 cricket in the IPL or the longest format of cricket for New Zealand, Williamson had never averaged less than 45 in Test cricket since 2014.
Kane Williamson has impressed VVS Laxman. However, Laxman is not shocked that the skipper of the Black Caps has hit his third century in three consecutive games. He has scored 1 century against West Indies and 2 against Pakistan. The 46-year-old knows how carefully Williamson practices for every game. Laxman feels that Williamson's job ethics is praiseworthy and a role model for the young cricketers.
Kane Williamson helped New Zealand to reach a commanding spot
The century scored by Kane Williamson has placed New Zealand in a commanding spot on Day 2. After scoring 297 in their first innings on Day 1, Pakistan hoped that their bowlers would make the most of the helpful conditions on the second day of the Hagley Oval match. And they did – New Zealand’s score was limited to 71/3 at the beginning of the post-lunch session.
But after that, it was just the hosts all the way to the stumps. After that, the Pakistani bowlers were forced to work as Williamson and Henry Nicholls smashed an unbroken 215 run partnership.
Pakistan alone is to blame for allowing the hosts to reach such a commanding position at the end of Day 2 with a trail of 11 runs and 7 wickets in hand. Nicholls was given a reprimand after Shaheen Afridi dismissed him off a no-ball. Pakistani fielders did not take their half chance and they lost run-out opportunities.
In addition to that, some bad captaincy by stand-in skipper, Mohammad Rizwan, has been the reason for the failure of Pakistan. Rizwan told the part-timers to bowl and stretch out the field; instead of placing pressure encouraging Williamson to race his century with boundaries.