ICC Test Rankings: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said he is fortunate to have been playing against Virat Kohli and Steve Smith as he shed light on reaching the top spot of the ICC Test Batting Rankings on December 31.
Kane Williamson reacts to overtaking Virat Kohli and Steve Smith on ICC Test Rankings (Reuters Photo)
- Kane Williamson became the World No. 1 Test batsman in the latest ICC Rankings updated on Thursday
- Williamson leapfrogged Virat Kohli and Steve Smith to the top of the Test rankings
- These are the two, year in and year out, in all formats, are moving the game forward: Williamson
Newly-crowned World No. 1 Test batsman Kane Williamson said he is “very surprised” and, at the same time, humbled to overtake Virat Kohli and Steve Smith to the top of the batting charts as New Zealand heads into the New Year with a remarkable Boxing Day Test win.
In the latest ICC Test Batting Rankings announced on December 31, Kane Williamson achieved the No.1 ranking for the first time since 2015. Williamson jumped from the 3rd spot to the top spot, courtesy of a match-winning hundred in the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan in Mount Maunganui.
Williamson finished 2020 as the top-ranked Test batsman while Virat Kohli retained the 2nd spot despite missing the Boxing Day Test due to paternity leave. Steve Smith slipped to the 3rd spot after managing only single-digit scores in the ongoing Test series against India.
“Yeah, those two players are the best. For me to sneak up perhaps in some way is very surprising and humbling. These are the two, year in and year out, in all formats, are moving the game forward. Really fortunate to be playing against these guys,” Williamson said in a video shared by the ICC.
“It’s about trying to do as much as you can for the team. If you can contribute as much as you can and it can be reflected on the rankings, that’s really cool.”
WATCH: The new World No.1 in Tests reacts to the latest ICC Rankings update pic.twitter.com/qIAZTrPdTS
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Kane Williamson, meanwhile maintained that his focus is on helping New Zealand achieve success across all formats and personal milestones are just a byproduct of doing well for the Blackcaps.
Under Williamson, New Zealand have had a tremendous year in Test cricket, winning 5 out of their 6 Tests. The Blackcaps clean-swept India 2-0 at home after which they decimated West Indies 2-0. To end the year on a high, New Zealand clinched a last-session thriller in the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan.
“It’s very much trying to do as much as you can for the team. I do see some of those individual rankings, whether it’s bowlers or batters. It’s the direction that is driven by so many of the other players in the XI. If you can be contributing as much as you can and that’s reflected in the rankings, that’s really cool but the focus is trying to do as much as you can for a side,” Williamson said.