When the New Zealand wicket-keeper and batsman BJ Watling stepped out to the field in international cricket for the last time on Wednesday, Virat Kohli went towards him to congratulate him on a phenomenal career. The Indian skipper congratulated Watling as both India and New Zealand stepped out to the field on the sixth day (Reserve Day) of the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) final.
ICC’s (International Cricket Council) Twitter handle posted the moment of Kohli congratulating BJ Watling and as captioned in the post, “A nice gesture from the Indian skipper congratulating the @Blackcaps wicket-keeper on the final day of his international career.”
Watling holds the record for New Zealand with 249 catches and eight stumpings which are the best numbers of any current Test keepers. He also has good batting statistics with eight Test centuries to his name and New Zealand records for the fourth and fifth-highest partnerships. One was with Bredon McCullum of 362 runs partnership and the other was with Kane Williamson of 362 runs partnership.
He is just the ninth Test keeper to score a double hundred and was the first to do so against England, when his Player of the match led Kiwis to win a dramatic Test against England at Bay Oval in November 2019. He had also been featured in another New Zealand record-partnership in that match as he and Mitchell Santner put on 261 for the seventh wicket.