10 interesting stats about ‘No. 1 Test batsman’ Kane Williamson after his match-winning ton at Hamilton

Kane Williamson scoring a hundred for New Zealand has now become a frequent occurrence. He has now scored eight this year. On Monday, his unbeaten 108 saw New Zealand seal the series 2-0 against Sri Lanka. With this knock he broke a few records and piled up a few interesting stats. Suvajit Mustafi looks at some of those.

1. With 2,633 runs in 2015, Williamson has scored most international runs in 2015.

2. With 1,172 runs in a calendar year, Williamson has broken Brendon McCullum’s record for most Test runs by a New Zealander in a year. McCullum had scored 1,164 runs in 2014.

3. Williamson is now No. 1 ranked batsman in ICC Test rankings. He is the first New Zealander to achieve this feat since the ratings were introduced (Glenn Turner had achieved this on retrospective ratings).

4. Williamson has also set an ODI record. The tally of 1,317 runs is the most scored by any New Zealand cricketer in ODIs in a calendar year. He is also the highest run-getter in ODIs this year. The tally is bound to increase, as New Zealand will play three more ODIs before the year ends.

5. Williamson’s 108 not out against Sri Lanka is his second century in the fourth innings of a Test. He is the second New Zealand batsman to do it more than once, the first being Bevan Congdon, who too did it twice.

6. With 1,172 Test runs this year, Williamson is now fifth in the list of highest run-getters in 2015. Alastair Cook (1,357) leads the chart, followed by Joe Root (1,288), David Warner (1,277) and Steven Smith (1,270). The interesting fact is that they all have played six or more innings than Williamson; and among them Smith tops the averages chart with 63.50. In comparison, Williamson averages 90.15.

7. Williamson now has 13 hundreds from only 46 Tests. In terms of most Test hundreds by a New Zealander, he is now joint-second with Ross Taylor. Martin Crowe with 17 tops the list. Crowe has batted 131 times and Taylor 127, while Williamson a mere 85.

8. Williamson’s Test average of 49.93 is the highest by a New Zealand batsman, followed by Taylor (45.49) and Crowe (45.36). Taking a cut-off of 20 innings, his ODI average of 48.02 also the best among all New Zealanders followed by Glenn Turner (47).

9. With 13 Test hundreds, 46-Test-old Williamson is only 25. Only five men have had more Test hundreds than Williamson before turning 26: Sachin Tendulkar (22 from 76 Tests), Alastair Cook (19 from 72), Don Bradman (15 from 28), Neil Harvey (15 from 39) and Garry Sobers (14 from 46).

10. Williamson made his Test debut in 2010. The players who scored more Test hundreds than him since then are Cook (15), Kumar Sangakkara (15), David Warner (15) and Michael Clarke (14). Only Sangakkara has played fewer Tests than Williamson.

(Suvajit Mustafi consumes cricket for lunch, fiction for dinner and munches numerous other snacks throughout the day. Yes, a jack of several trades, all Suvajit dreamt of was being India s World Cup winning skipper but ended up being a sports writer, author, screenwriter, director, copywriter, graphic designer, sports marketer , strategist, entrepreneur, philosopher and traveller. Donning so many hats, it s cricket which gives him the ultimate high and where he finds solace. He can be followed at @RibsGully and rivu7)