New Zealand beat India by 8 weekends in the World Cup final and Kane Williamson is a relieved captain. Two years ago, Williamson’s New Zealand was at the end of a painful defeat against England in the World Cup final.
“A very special feeling, a few relatives [in ICC finals], it’s nice to get one under the belt, “Williamson said in the post-match presentation.
“I would like to thank Virat and the Indian team, they are an amazing team, we know how big a challenge it would be. It was great, the heart that our team showed to cross the border, a great test match.”
Williamson was asked if the WTC victory was New Zealand’s greatest achievement in its cricket history, to which the Kiwi captain insisted that the moment was truly “special”.
“I was part of [NZ cricket] for a short time, it is a very special feeling, for the first time in our history a world title appeared. We have had 22 players in the last two years and they have all played their part, and the support staff and the boys who played this game is a special achievement that we should enjoy, ”said the NZ captain.
“We know we don’t always have the stars, we rely on other pieces to stay in the game and be competitive. We saw a lot of heart and commitment to our cricket style in this game, we know how strong this Indian country is, under any circumstances. “It’s not always easy in a final, one-off test match, we respect it and all six days it was decreasing and running, no one really took the lead and it came to the last day, which was great for the fans.”
Williamson also praised New Zealand’s lower-order effort in the first innings. The Kiwis added 80 tracks for the last four weeks, which helped them focus on a decisive 32-fold lead.
“It was difficult [batting in the first innings]. Amazing attack, they don’t give you much to hit. We saw a lot of hearts from the bottom row, which came in and tried to get us into some lead. It was a very sporty surface and having only four days of cricket, there was always a chance for a result, “said Williamson.