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Wicket-keeper batsman BJ Watling, who scored the most Test runs for New Zealand, has said goodbye to cricket. He played his last m atch in the final of the World Test Championship. New Zealand won an ICC World Cup for the first time by defeating India by 8 wickets in the final.
In the final, Watling scored only 1 run in the first innings. He was clean bowled by fast bowler Mohammed Shami. However, Watling’s batting could not come in the second innings.
Watling New Zealand’s Best Wicketkeeper Batsman
With the WTC final, Watling has equaled New Zealand wicketkeeper Adam Perore, who played the most Tests at 67. However, he is the country’s top scorer wicketkeeper in terms of runs. He has scored 3398 runs in 67 Tests as a wicketkeeper. However, Watling played 74 Tests overall, scoring 3789 runs.
Watling has been New Zealand’s best wicket-keeper batsman in Tests in 35 years. His best score is 205 runs. It was made by Watling in 2019 against England at Mount Maunganui.
Watling is the most hunted Kiwi wicketkeeper
Watling made 67 Tests as a wicketkeeper, hunting 265 players. During this he took 257 catches and made 8 stumpings. He is followed by Adam Perore, who took 201 hunts. Brendon McCullum is at number three with 178 victims in 52 Tests.
Watling has two triple century partnerships
Watling has also been a part of the excellent partnership of 2 Triple Hundred with McCullum and Williamson. He had a 362-run partnership with McCullum in the Basin Reserve against India in 2014. This was followed by an unbeaten partnership of 365 runs with Williamson against Sri Lanka in 2015.