Kane Williamson was just ten years old when New Zealand won the Champions Trophy in Nairobi in 2000, led by Stephen Fleming. And it took two decades to break the Jinx title at an ICC event, with Williamson’s men defeating India by eight wickets to clinch the first World Test championship.
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It was an emotional roller coaster for the New Zealand team at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday as captain Williamson and experienced campaigner Ross Taylor led them to the title and addressed the media after the match. Williamson admitted that it was one of the greatest moments for them.
“Well, of course it’s the pinnacle, isn’t it! “India has definitely shown their quality, and for us it was a lot of heart that enabled us to stay in the game for long periods of time,” said Williamson.
‘I think we saw both teams grab momentum at a certain time, and then the sixth day as a backup thanks to the weather and to see both teams have a real opportunity to make a fantastic match to share to make out. For us, (it) is a very proud moment in our history and a proud moment just like a team, to hold on to what we do well and get away with the victory, which is really a great feeling, ‘added the captain.
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Although the pacemakers in New Zealand limited India to a fairly low score, it was difficult to chase 139. Williamson, however, overcame a difficult elbow and hammered for half a century, and Taylor remained unbeaten at 47 to lead the team home.
‘Yes, I had that injection, which was definitely useful, but on our part batting was very difficult. I think it is due to the quality that India has in their bowling attack. You have never presented a foul on the field. “We saw that the scores were relatively low, but that made way for a fantastic cricket match,” said Williamson.
‘A lot of credit for the way our group has adapted has remained in the battle. I think no one with the bat has really gained momentum at any given time. The ball went past the outside, and there were always opportunities that would come. A game that flowed and flowed, and yes, a special feeling of being on the right side of the outcome. ”
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Williamson commented on the 96-run stand with Taylor: ‘It was nice to be able to pick up the pressure and then score a couple together, although it was really hard to get past. But having an experienced hitter like Ross out there was definitely helpful.
“It’s a very special feeling to be there together at the end and mark off the runs, even though it was weird on that surface 130. You never felt comfortable. It was nice to start a partnership. “
The last time New Zealand took part in the final of an ICC event – the 2019 World Cup – it lost to England. It was therefore a happy feeling for Williamson’s men to win a title in England after a few years.
“It’s a fantastic feeling. 2019 was also a great opportunity and a brilliant cricket game. But of course there is a slightly different feeling for us on the right side of the result, and also part of a great cricket match and a great event where it was the first official World Cup, and it’s a really good feeling , ‘he said, praising the ICC for having a reserve day.
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‘I assume it was a good initiative to have a backup day schedule, and there’s always a chance for weather (playing a loot) in this country, and we’ve definitely seen a lot of it. But we also saw a surface offered throughout the game and brought all bowlers into it when they had the ball in their hands. Both teams knew there were three possible outcomes due to the last day, and we saw that things could happen quickly. “Everyone has seen it when you play in this part of the world,” said Williamson.
“Luckily for us, they managed to get (wickets) early in the day, and that gave us a real opportunity.”