Kane Williamson struck a fine century to help New Zealand win the second Test against Sri Lanka © Getty Images
Kane Williamson struck a fine century to help New Zealand win the second Test against Sri Lanka © Getty Images

Wellington: Kane Williamson, who recently became the world No. 1 Test batsman, has downplayed all the praise directed at him, saying that the record meant more to him because he was able to contribute more towards New Zealand’s winning cause. The 25-year-old prolific batsman finished the year with 1,172 runs, surpassing skipper Brendon McCullum’s record of 1164 runs to reach the milestone of scoring most Test runs by a New Zealander in a calendar year.  Williamson capped off a remarkable year by remaining unbeaten on 108, his 13th century, during his side’s five-wicket win in the second match against Sri Lanka on Monday. FULL Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 2nd Test, Day 2 at Hamilton

Reflecting on his stellar knock, the batting mainstay said that he was pleased with his performance and admitted that he felt glad to be recognised as the No. 1, Stuff.co.nz reported. Describing his path towards attaining the numero uno position, Williamson said that he focuses on one game at a time and tries to prepare best for it accordingly. ALSO READ: New Zealand seal series with 5-wicket win over Sri Lanka in 2nd Test at Hamilton

Williamson also made a test double century, four other centuries and four half-centuries in this season. With the win, New Zealand have also clinched the series 2-0 against Sri Lanka and extended their winning streak at home to 13. New Zealand will now take on Sri Lanka in a five-match ODI series and two Twenty20 matches to follow.

According to AFP, Kane Williamson added to an already glittering resume as he led New Zealand to a five-wicket victory in Hamilton Monday to wrap up the two-Test series against Sri Lanka. The New Zealand batting maestro completed his 13th Test century, and fifth of the year, as the Black Caps knocked off the 47 runs required for victory on day four of the second Test.

The honour of completing the formalities went to BJ Watling with a single to get New Zealand to their 189 target but the result belonged to the 25-year-old Williamson.  Although it was not a large run chase, Williamson said the short-pitched bowling strategy meant controlled shot selection was required.