Kane Williamson become New Zealand’s all-time greatest Test run-scorer. Jasprit Bumrah Ruled Out From IPL & WTC: Kane Williamson re-affirmed his status as New Zealand’s best ever batsman when he overtook long-time teammate Ross Taylor to become the Kiwis’ all-time leading Test run-scorer.
Williamson took Taylor’s total of 7683 Test runs in trademark style at the start of the fourth day of New Zealand’s ongoing second Test against England in Wellington as the Black Caps attempted to claw their way back into the contest.
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Jasprit Bumrah Ruled Out From IPL & WTC:
If Team India has to play in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) in the coming June, it will be in for a big blow as it will have to do without its star player Jasprit Bumrah. According to sources close to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the injured star, who made a comeback for the Mumbai Indians for the Indian Premier League (IPL) season, will also miss out on the premier competition.
As Cricbuzz reported on Sunday, February 26, Bumrah has failed to recover from the injury that has kept him out of the team since September 2022. However, the extent of the injury is serious and could become a huge headache for Team India. He is likely to make it to the WTC final, which begins on June 7 at The Oval.
The right-arm bowler last played for India in the T20I series against Australia in September and was subsequently ineligible for the T20 World Cup. His omission was a major concern for the national team as India missed out on a key bowling option.
As it is understood, the National Cricket Academy (NCA) is closely monitoring the situation around Bumrah and is unlikely to act. While there is no tentative date set for his return, the West Indies tour could come early for him, while the Asia Cup could see him back in action. The team management wants the fast bowler to be fit for the ODI World Cup later this year and is optimistic about his availability.
Kane Williamson has 25 Test hundreds to his name—six more than any other player—and his Test average, which is north of 53, is higher than the average of the top 20 batsmen on New Zealand’s all-time leading Test run-scorers list. The right-handed batsman broke the record in his 92nd Test, while Williamson has five double centuries across formats, including a highest score of 251, which came against the West Indies in 2020