Tim Southee equals Sachin Tendulkar’s record: New Zealand’s fast bowler has astonishingly equaled the Master Blaster.
During the first day of the first Test of the ongoing New Zealand’s tour of Sri Lanka at Galle, New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee astonishingly equaled Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar in a batting record.
Coming in to bat at No. 8 in the 70th over, Southee (14) didn’t do much damage to the scoreboard but the lone six he hit saw him equaling Tendulkar in the list of most sixes scored in Test cricket.
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Tim Southee equals Sachin Tendulkar’s record
Playing his 66th Test, Southee has scored 1,587 runs at an average of 18.03 including five half-centuries. While the numbers are decent for a bowler, Southee scoring 69 sixes in his 11-year Test cricket has brought him under the limelight.
Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket in 2013, had also scored 69 sixes albeit in 200 Test matches. While the legendary batsman has several batting records to his name, scoring the most number of sixes never appeared to be his forte in the longest format.
It is worth mentioning that Southee is now at the 17th position in the same list. The 30-year old cricketer has left behind some legendary names such as Ian Botham (67), AB de Villiers (64), Mahela Jayawardene (61), Sanath Jayasuriya (59) and many others.
With another Test remaining in the series, Southee has a chance to go past former Pakistan captain Younis Khan (70), former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd (70) and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting (73). The record for most sixes in Test cricket belongs to former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who had scored a whopping 107 sixes in 101 Test matches.
After Universe Boss Chris Gayle (98), Southee bags the second position among the current lot of cricketers in this list.