The New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson has been a central force in the team attaining the no.1 Test ranking for the first time, hitting triple figures in each of his last three Tests, including two double-centuries. His consistent performance has also seen him getting past the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, and Australia’s Steve Smith to reach the numero uno position in the ICC rankings for the longest format of the game.
Of course, the Kiwi skipper has a humungous fanbase, but on Wednesday, he found himself a new “big fan” in a teammate and wicket-keeper batsman BJ Watling. Watling crashed Williamson’s press conference after New Zealand completed a series sweep against Pakistan at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch to ask him for an autograph.
“What’s going on?” Williamson asks, momentarily confused. “Sorry, big fan,” BJ Watling says as he hands him a pen and a jersey to sign. Here is the video of Watling’s “fanboy” moment with Williamson here:
"What is going on?" 🤔
Not much, just BJ Watling fanboying Kane Williamson in the middle of a press conference 😄pic.twitter.com/aLJ2ypQUef
— ICC (@ICC) January 6, 2021
Kane Williamson played a brilliant knock of 238 in Christchurch as New Zealand thrashed Pakistan by an inning and 176 runs. New Zealand also saw crucial contributions from Henry Nicholls and Darryl Mitchell with the bat, while Kyle Jamieson was the pick of the bowlers.
Nicholls played a sturdy knock of 157 while Mitchell hit his maiden Test century against a hapless Pakistan bowling attack. Jamieson took five wickets in each innings to record his maiden ten-wicket haul in the longest format. He was named Player of the Match. The win saw New Zealand take the series 2-0, with Williamson earning the Player of the Series award.
New Zealand are currently standing at the numero uno position at the ICC Test rankings for the first time in history, and looks in a good position to qualify for the final of the World Test Championship in Lord’s.