New Zealand pacer Tim Southy says the World Cup test triumph over the mighty Indian team will take at least a few weeks to sink.
New Zealand beat world number one India with eight wickets in the final here on Wednesday.
Southey was not just about 15 players in the current squad.
“It’s amazing to be part of this team. We’ve been working on that (the WTC’s final win) for the last two years. Not only the 15 players, but others probably in the last 5-6 years (contributed) to get us where we are now.
“It’s very special. We were very close to a few tournaments. It’s still going to sink and it could take a few weeks.”
India lost Collie (13 of 29 balls) and Pujara (15 of 80 balls) to sensational Kyle Jamieson in the first eight overs of the day before being a total of 170, giving the Black Caps only 139 tracks to win the WTC title.
“We knew it would be difficult on the last day, then three results were possible and the first hour was crucial. But lifting the two wickets during that period was crucial in the end,” Southey said in a video interview published by New Zealand Cricket. .
“I’ve never experienced 139 runs that took so long (to chase) and there was a lot of nervous energy in the locker room.”
“We had two experienced boys among us who have been synonymous with this team not only for the last two years, but probably for the last 7-8 years. To have them was very reassuring for the boys in the locker room,” said Southey, who took five wickets in the match.
Opener Tom Latham said the last two years have been a “huge journey”.
“For me to take part in the World Cup 2015 and 2019, to get so close and then get on the line here in a completely different format, a new format that has not been contested before is great.
“From our point of view, winning the final of the test championship is probably the biggest reason. We played really good cricket leading to it.”
Regarding Wikipedia BJ Watling, who announced his retirement during the WTC final, Southey said: “He is a champion and has done his best throughout his career. He deserved to end up like that.”
“He is the heart and soul of this group, he is often the person who goes unnoticed, he just runs his business without any fuss.
“He was the man in crisis for us, we will miss him,” Latham added to Watling, who took part in 75 tests.