The global cricket fraternity quickly cheered New Zealand after the perennial “good guys” of the match ended their biggest title drought with a hard-fought victory over India in the final of the World Cup.
Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson sent New Zealand home, humiliating India by eight wickets on Wednesday.
After losing the World Cup final in 2015 and 2019, the last one was on a bizarre border line to England after 50 overs each and two super overs could not split the two sides, ‘everyone’s second favorite team’ finally having the last hurdle crossed.
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“It seems that the nice guys of world cricket can finish first,” he wrote Stuff.co.nz. “Until now, it’s been a case of close, but no cigar, for the Black Caps, who called the nice guys of world cricket and everyone’s second favorite team ubiquitous.”
The duel between former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja and former Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir could no longer agree.
“Good things happen to good people. Congratulations Kane Williamson,” Raja said. “Nice guys don’t always finish last! Congrats NZ. World No.1! # WTC2021Final,” Gambhir tweeted.
New Zealand have been one of the most consistent teams lately, although it has been a bit unfortunate. It is currently the top position in Tests and one-day matches and ranks third in the T20s.
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And at the heart of New Zealand’s success is “Captain Cool” – Williamson – one of the best players in cricket.
“Congratulations @BLACKCAPS a humble, hardworking and outstanding Test team worthy champion,” tweeted former England captain Michael Atherton.
Black Caps batsman Martin Guptill and former all-rounder Scott Styris and Grant Elliott were also delighted to achieve the feat by defeating a formidable Indian team.
“What incredible news to wake up! Congratulations to @kane_s_w and the rest of the @blackcapsnz! Incredibly proud of this bunch of guys who won against a strong Indian team! Four good guys!” Guptill wrote.
“Sensational achievement @ BLACKCAPS Merit champions who beat an amazing opponent. Enjoy here! What an achievement,” Styris said.
“Humility, hard work, dedication to the team and the fans. World champions in so many ways. Collect rosebuds while you may ………. @ BLACKCAPS” Elliott tweeted.
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The Kiwis have also received praise from Indian Test veterans, including batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who also deserves India’s missed chance at silverware.
“Congratulations @BLACKCAPS on winning the # WTC21. You were the top team. #TeamIndia will be disappointed with their performance.
“As I mentioned, the first ten overs will be crucial: India lost Kohli and Pujara by ten balls and that put a lot of pressure on the team,” Tendulkar tweeted.
VVS Laxman wrote: ‘Indian batsman will probably not play to the potential in the second tournament, but India can be proud of the way they played the WTC cycle #IndvNZ.’
“Missed the fact that I was 50 years old champion in the same country 2 years ago, but won the first World Test championship in style, congratulations @BLACKCAPS, absolutely worthy champions. Happy for Kane Williamson and @RossLTaylor #INDvNZ” said Virender Sehwag said.