New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has revealed that the team is still thinking about the World Cup final loss and are trying to make sense of it even though it has been two months since that fateful day. However, Kane feels that it is giving credit to the historic match that they were involved in.
England emerged as the champions of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, despite scoring the same number of runs as New Zealand even in the Super over, owing to the number of boundaries scored as per the rule. Even though 14th July is in the past, that fateful day still remains in the minds of the entire team, as revealed by the New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.
“It is one of those things that every day, often, you are having small conversations about it. Guys are still thinking about it, trying to make sense of it. That is a credit to the match we were involved in, but also the result and how it all ended up. One of those things that guys will be talking about for a long time,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Williamson as saying.
The hosts were chasing a target of 242 set by New Zealand and needed nine runs off the last three balls when Ben Stokes hit the ball into the deep off and ran for a double. That's when all the drama and confusion had started as New Zealand’s Martin Guptill threw the ball in an attempt to run out Stokes, the ball bounced off Stokes’ bat and reached the boundary. As a result, England was awarded six runs - two for a double and four for an overthrow. Certainly the extra run awarded found itself surrounded by myriads of controversies as former ICC umpire Simon Taufel said that the on-field umpires were wrong to award six runs instead of five and the officiating umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus later confirmed that they made a mistake.
However, Williamson still refuses to criticise the umpires and says he was lucky to be part of such a thrilling game.
“It is one of those games which, no doubt, you will look back on and really have appreciated being involved in it. Then you throw in a bit of context - the World Cup final - and it maybe makes it all that more special,” Williamson said.
After the final, Williamson was praised all over the world because of his calm composure and how he handled himself and the team and as a result, he even got nominated for New Zealander of the Year award. The 29-year-old skipper said that the reception of the team by the fans back in the country was exceptional.
“It was really nice coming back home and seeing the reaction it had, and the following it had. It has been overwhelmingly positive in terms of the response and how people enjoyed that match, which is a great thing,” he added.
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