New Zealand paceman Tim Southee is not only smashing bowling records but he is also creating new records with the bat. Southee smashed two sixes in his 30-run knock in the ongoing World Test Championship final against India at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton on Tuesday (June 22).
Southee has now gone past former Australian captain Ricky Ponting’s record of sixes in Test matches. With two sixes in the first innings of the WTC Final, Southee has now hammered 75 sixes in 79 Test matches and went past Ponting’s tally, who scored 73 sixes in his glorious career of 168 Test matches.
In fact, Southee is on the cusp of breaking former India captain MS Dhoni’s record as well. The Chennai Super Kings skipper had notched up 78 sixes in 90 Test matches.
The Kiwi speedster is no mug with the bat as he has an average of 20.55 in Test cricket. Southee has scored a total of five fifties in the red-ball version whereas he has scored 1,728 runs.
Most sixes in Test cricket
Brendon McCullum – 107 in 101 matches
Adam Gilchrist – 100 in 96 matches
Chris Gayle – 98 in 103 matches
Jacques Kallis 97 in 166 matches
Virender Sehwag 91 in 104 matches
Brian Lara – 88 in 131 matches
Chris Cairns – 87 in 62 matches
Vivian Richards – 84 in 121 matches
Andrew Flintoff – 82 in 79 matches
Matthew Hayden – 82 in 103 matches
Misbah ul Haq – 81 in 75 matches
Kevin Pietersen – 81 in 104 matches
Ben Stokes – 79 in 71 matches
MS Dhoni – 78 in 90 matches
Tim Southee – 75 in 79 matches
Ricky Ponting – 73 in 168 matches.
On the other hand, Southee also took his 600th wicket in International cricket across the three formats when he trapped Shubman Gill in front of the wickets. Meanwhile, his crucial cameo helped New Zealand get past India’s score of 217 runs. New Zealand was skittled out for 249 runs and thus got a lead of 32 runs.
“We would have liked to get a few more (runs), get a bit of lead of over 50, but I think, the Indian side were outstanding with the ball and put us under pressure at the start of the day. So for us to sneak past and get a 30-odd run lead was nice in the end,” Southee said at the end of Day 5.
“But you always want more. It is shaping up for an intriguing day tomorrow. That is a quality Indian batting line-up with two of their best (batters) at the crease at the moment. So we have to be on top of our game tomorrow and that first hour or two are going to be crucial on each side, it will set up the day,” the right-arm pacer added.
Southee reckons that all three results are still possible on Wednesday (June 23). “We will assess in the morning and come up with our plan, but we know, we have got a tough day ahead of us, like I said it is exciting to have all three results still possible,” he said.