New Zealand Premier Jacinda Ardern and his biggest cricketer Richard Hadlee led the way on Thursday after the Black Caps claimed the first World Test Championship (WTC) by beating India.
The team of Kane Williamson became Test cricket’s first official world champion after winning the eight wickets in Southampton on Wednesday, the reserve day of a match plagued by bad weather. “The Black Caps have made New Zealand proud. It was a masterful performance by a team at the top of their game and at the top of the world,” Ardern said in a statement.
‘Brilliant and humble group’
“Kane Williamson and the team leadership have built a brilliant and humble team that has become an inspiration to many New Zealanders. We have seen for a number of years the development of a team and team culture that has taken New Zealand cricket worldwide. has. knock heights. ‘
New Zealand have been in the semi-finals of the 50-Cup World Cup eight times already, losing the last two finals, in a heartbreaking way to England on the border count rule after the 2019 draw.
During these setbacks, New Zealand continued to play in a spirit sometimes mocked as a ‘cool old’ cricket.
‘High degree of professionalism’
More importantly, it has drawn all but four games in four Test series since a 3-0 knockout in Australia around the turn of 2020. Hadlee, one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of the game, told the New Die Zealand Test team has earned the title “well deserved” due to its recent form.
“Over the past two years, the Black Caps performances in the Test arena have been excellent with Test matches and series victories at home and abroad,” the 69-year-old said in a statement.
“The whole team showed a high degree of professionalism. Their skills complemented each other to make them a complete playing unit. It is fair to say that this current group of players is the best in our history.”