'Fortunate to play against these guys': Kane Williamson reacts after beating Steve Smith and Virat Kohli to becoming No.1 batsman in Tests

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Dec 31, 2020, 06:34 PM(IST)

New Zealand's cricketers leave the ground led by captain Kane Williamson (C) after victory. Photograph:( AFP )

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His gritty century gained him 13 rating points 11 points clear of Kohli and 13 ahead of Smith.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson topped the ICC Men's Test Ranking on Thursday after beating Indian captain Virat Kohli and Aussie Steve Smith.

Also read: ICC Rankings: Kane Williamson overtakes Smith, Kohli as top Test batsman; Ajinkya Rahane enters Top 10

Kiwi's spectacular knock of 129 runs in the Test against Pakistan at the Bay Oval played a crucial role in the victory. His gritty century gained him 13 rating points 11 points clear of Kohli and 13 ahead of Smith.

New Zealand's Williamson reacted to this achievement.  

“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,” Williamson said in a video posted on ICC’s official Twitter handle.

“Those two (Virat Kohli and Steve Smith) players are the best. For me, sneak up ahead of someone (like them) is very surprising and humbling. Those are the two players year and year out in all formats moving the game forward, very fortunate to play against these guys,” Willaimson said.

“It was a great game to be involved in. We seem to have many tight finishes against Pakistan. The last three have gone to the last 25 minutes of the last day. Both teams fought incredibly hard. I think we had moments although the resistance put up by Pakistan on the last day was incredibly strong. It is really exciting to cross the line and hunt for an opportunity for the World Test Championship,” he added.

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