It’s a fantastic sensation,’ says Williamson, as New Zealand crosses the finish line


After getting perilously close to winning two World Cups in 2015 and 2019, New Zealand finally achieved their dream of becoming World Champions after defeating India in the inaugural World Test Championships final.

“It’s a unique sensation. It’s fantastic to have one under your belt. I’d like to express my gratitude to Virat and the Indian squad. Our team’s heartfelt efforts were outstanding. It’s the first time we’ve won a world title, and the 22 players who played a key role in getting us there deserve all the credit.” Kane Williamson, the match’s victorious captain, stated after the game.

New Zealand suffered grief less than two years ago when they tied England in the World Cup final but lost on a boundary count rule, but redemption was theirs in Southampton as the BlackCaps won their first ICC title in almost two decades.

“This is something that will be remembered for a long time. We don’t always have all of the stars, as seen by this match. We witnessed a lot of heart and dedication. We know how tough the Indian team is in any situation,” the Captain further added.

Many New Zealanders benefit from the WTC like Kane Williamson, who has been fantastic since taking over as captain of the team, Ros Taylor, who has been a stalwart in their batting order for as long as anyone can recall, Kyle Jamieson, the all-rounder who couldn’t have wished for a better debut ICC final, and veteran BJ Watling, who finished his career on a high note. “In a one-off final, it’s a volatile game. It ebbed and flowed, no one had the upper hand for six days, and I’m glad we’re on the right side of it now. The first inning was certainly difficult. The lower order played with more freedom and gave us a lead, giving us an advantage “Williamson elaborated.

“Ross is very experienced and calm in these situations, and it was wonderful to be there at the end with him. BJ Watling – I’m not sure if he’s retiring anymore (jokes). BJ Watling is a gritty player, so this is a fitting finale to a wonderful career.”

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