The decision to throw the ball to Kyle Jamieson, New Zealand’s first bowling alley, to open the bowling attack on the reserve day of the World Cup final against India was Kane Williamson “a master stroke”, feels former Black Caps skipper Brendan McCallum.
New Zealand won Virat Kohli-India India with eight cash registers, with Jamieson fired and two batsmen overnight, dangerous Cheteshwar Pujara (15) and Captain Koli (13), in quick succession, to deal a bodily blow to India’s chances of saving the test.
“I thought Kane Williamson’s captaincy to throw the ball to Kyle Jamieson, against previous routines, was a bit of a big hit at the start of the day,” McCallum told ESPNcricinfo.
“His height and point of release, they measured so well compared to the Indian test. He managed to get the holes and after that happened, he really started to feel faith among the band.”
McCallum, who captained the team to the 2015 World Cup final, was happy to chase Williamson and Ross Taylor complete the winning formalities.
Williamson and Taylor were undefeated on 52 and 47 tracks, respectively.
“These chases are horrible – 140 looks like a mountain of running, especially when you know what a carrot is in the end. I thought it was really appropriate to see the two great New Zealanders, really, when you talk to Vata, to see them (them) at home. a little luck and good luck along the way, but in this game you’re entitled to a little if you keep pushing the door down, “McCallum said.
“Kane and Ross’s faces showed how much it meant to them and how satisfying it was for them to finally be able to climb that ladder.”