New Pain Bowling left-hander Neil Wagner has said the WTC World Cup final against India in Southampton on June 18 will be “special”, but he would not like to let the case get to him.
“I know this (WTC) final is the first and there is not much history around it, but it is the beginning of something that is quite big. To play in a one-time test final against India – one of the best teams in the world, if not and the best team in the world – so you can test yourself against the best on the highest and biggest stage, that’s what it’s about.
“It’s extremely exciting, but I don’t want to think too far ahead. I don’t want to let the case get to you, just treat it like another test match and do the same things you do. Special occasion. That’s for sure.” said Wagner, who played 51 tests for New Zealand, for cricinfo.com.
The 35-year-old South African-born footballer also said on Sunday that his biggest disappointment was that he could not “break into the T20 or the one-day game” for New Zealand, despite being part of several successful test campaigns for The black hats.
Wagner, well known for his heroism in the 2016 Christchurch test against Australia, where he bowled with a broken bone in the ring finger to collect the best figures of 6/106 in his career, said that after not playing in no ODI or T20 World Cup, made the WTC final “World Cup Final for Me”.
“It’s like a World Cup final for me. The biggest disappointment, I guess, in my career is that I’ve never played a white ball game for New Zealand or I’ve never been able to break into a T20 or a one-day game. This ship is probably already sailing and I don’t think it will ever be possible.
“For me now, it’s about putting all my focus and energy into test cricket and being able to play in a World Cup final for me, it’s like a World Cup,” he added.