Former captain Brendon McCullum has watched the World Cup final with nervous fear, fearing the Black Caps might come close again but not win a world title.
However, McCullum’s joy knew no bounds when Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor took New Zealand past the finish line to be crowned the first World Test champions ever.
New Zealand gave India an eight-wicket defeat in the final against the rain to lift the first WTC draw in Southampton.
McCullum was delighted with the team’s first title in the traditional format.
“They’ve been on a pretty amazing journey over the last few years and they were so close to tasting the ultimate success,” McCullum told SEN Radio.
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“Doing it in the purist form of the game is just something wonderful. I’m not sure it’s really sunk in yet, to be honest.
“Overnight, the game was a bit on the edge of the knife, but it almost had the feeling from the previous two World Cups that we would get close, but that we would not get completely over the line,” he said. added.
After bowling out India for 170 in the second innings, New Zealand crossed to the 139 target on the back of unbeaten shots by captain Williamson (52) and the experienced Ross Taylor (47).
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‘It is quite excellent to give them a result against the weather and a very formidable Indian side and to be able to do it on the biggest stage as well.
“I’m sure in the coming days and weeks, and even years, we’ll look back on this moment and be just as proud of what Kane’s men were able to achieve and the heights they were able to scale up.” The fact that the victory was made against the heavyweight India makes the victory even more satisfying for McCullum.
“For a country with fairly limited resources, it’s quite surprising, and doing so against the power of world cricket on the biggest stage makes it even more satisfying.”