southamptonBJ Watling, who was the last match of his career, did wonders in the farewell test. Watling gave the sixth blow to India by taking the catch of Ravindra Jadeja, with which he overtook former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The 35-year-old made Jadeja the 257th victim in his last Test, which was dismissed by Neil Wagner. He has now reached Watling’s seventh position in terms of most catches taken by a wicketkeeper in Test cricket history. Dhoni had 256 catches in 166 innings. Watling came out to keep wickets on the sixth day of the World Test Championship final in the morning session despite a right hand injury. He had already announced that he would retire from international cricket after the final. New Zealand’s team landed on the field in the morning under the leadership of this 35-year-old player. Indian captain Virat Kohli also congratulated him on the field. According to New Zealand Cricket, ‘BJ Watling’s right ring finger was injured during the first session. He had to take treatment during lunch and only after that he came on the field. Watling, one of New Zealand’s best wicket-keeper batsmen, is playing his 75th Test match, taking catches from Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane in the first session.
[Attribution to NBT]