Sachin Tendulkar Hails Kane Williamson, Tim Southee as 'Torchbearers' of New Zealand Cricket

Sachin Tendulkar Hails Kane Williamson, Tim Southee as 'Torchbearers' of New Zealand Cricket

Cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar has hailed Kane Williamson and Tim Southee as the "torchbearers" of New Zealand cricket after the Kiwi duo reached the milestone of playing 100 Test matches. Tendulkar, in a social media post, noted that it was "fitting" that both Williamson and Southee played their 100th Test match together, 16 years after they played in the 2008 U19 World Cup.

Southee and Williamson became just the fifth and sixth Black Caps players to reach the milestone of 100 Test matches. The two Blackcaps veterans were teammates at the ICC Men's U19 Cricket World Cup in 2008, where the team reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual champions, India.

Southee had already made his senior international debut a few weeks before the U19 World Cup, in the T20I format. He would go on to make his Test debut within a year. Williamson, on the other hand, had to wait until 2010 to make his Test debut, but since made rapid strides across formats to evolve into one of New Zealand's greatest-ever batters.

Williamson has 8675 runs in Tests, well ahead of Ross Taylor, the next best for New Zealand, and averages 55.25 in the format. No other active player has more Test hundreds than Williamson's 32. Southee, meanwhile, has 378 Test wickets and is just over 50 wickets away from eclipsing Richard Hadlee's tally for most Test wickets by a Kiwi bowler.

Tendulkar, in his social media post, praised Williamson and Southee for their contributions to New Zealand cricket. "Kane Williamson and Tim Southee have been the torchbearers of New Zealand cricket ever since they burst onto the scene at the 2008 U-19 World Cup," Tendulkar wrote. "It is only fitting that they also play their 100th Test match together around 16 years later. All the very best to them for their landmark match against familiar foes Australia."

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