BJ Watling Pips Dhoni's record in his last Test


BJ Watling

Southampton: New Zealand veteran batsman BJ Watling has broken the record of former Indian wicketkeeper MS Dhoni, who sustained a hamstring injury but continued to play in the final of the ICC Test World Championship.

The 35-year-old, who is playing the last Test of his career, has been ranked 7th among MS Dhoni's highest number of catches in Test cricket.

BJ Watling, who has been responsible for wicketkeeping in New Zealand's 127 innings, has amassed a total of 257 catches. Dhoni had announced his retirement from Test cricket during the 2014 tour of Australia.

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The world record for most catches by a wicketkeeper in Test cricket is set by former South African keeper Mark Bowser. Bowser holds the record for 532 catches in 281 innings. Australia's Adam Gilchrist is next with 379 catches for 191 innings. Ian Healey (366), Rodney Marsh (343), Jeff Dujan (256), and Brad Haddin (262) are in the top spot.

Wattling to the bone

During the first sixth day of the Test Championship final, Watling was hit with a ring on his right hand. His bones were relaxed and inflamed, but he was treated to a break at the dinner party and continued to be a favorite with the Kiwis. Last month, Watling announced the Test championship final as the last Test of his career.

A brief score of the Test Championship final

India: All out for 217 in 92.1 overs (Rohit Sharma 34, Shubhaman Gill 28, Virat Kohli 44, Cheteshwar Pujara 8, Ajinkya Rahane 49, R Ashwin 22; Kyle Jamison 5 for 31, Wagner 40 for 2, Boultham 47 for 2, Boultham 47 for 2).

New Zealand: 135 for 5 in their first innings (Tom Latham 30, Devon Conway 54, Kane Williamson 19, Ross Taylor 11; R Ashwin 20 for 1, Ishant Sharma for 28, Mohammad Shami for 2).

India: Second innings 170 all out (Rohit Sharma 30, Shubhaman Gill 8, Cheteshwar Pujara 15, Rishabh Pant 41; Tim Southee 4 for 48, Trent Boult 3 for 39 and Kyle Jamison 30 for 2).

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