We are still thinking about it: Kane Williamson in the final defeat of the World Cup
DUBAI: Two months after suffering a heartbreaking loss at the end of the 50 years Cricket World Cup against England, patron of New Zealand Kane Williamson He said the whole team is still thinking about the game and is trying to make sense of it.
The game over 50 and Super Over ended as a draw in the World Cup final, and England was declared the winner due to the limit countdown rule. England had more limits compared to the Kiwis, therefore, they were ruled as the winners of the trophy.
It's one of those things that every day, often, you have little conversations about it. The boys are still thinking about that, trying to make sense of it. That is a credit for the game in which we were involved, but also the result and how it all ended. One of those things that kids will talk about for a long time, Williamson quoted the International Cricket Council (ICC).
In the final, Kiwis had won the draw and chose to hit first. They were eliminated by 241 races. The team came up with an energetic bowling performance, however, the heroes of New Zealand were born in all terrain. Ben stokes He came to the rescue of England and the game ended as a draw.
The hosts needed nine three-ball races, Stokes hit the ball in the background and ran for a double. New Zealand's Martin Guptill threw the ball in an attempt to run out of Stokes, but the ball bounced off Stokes' bat and reached the limit. As a result, England received six races, two for a double and four for a overthrow.
That was when the party was surrounded by controversies as a former referee of the ICC. Simon Taufel He said the referees in the field were wrong in awarding six races, confirming that the referees they referee Kumar Dharmasena & Erasmus Marais I made a mistake.
However, Williamson still refuses to criticise the umpires & 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 & really have appreciated being involved in it. Then you throw in a bit of context - the World Cup final - & it maybe makes it all that more special," Williamson said.
After the final, the Kiwi skipper was lauded on how he handled himself & even got nominated for New Zealander of the Year award.
The 29-year-old said that once the team returned to the country, fan reception was exceptional.
"It was really nice coming back home & seeing the reaction it had, & the following it had. It has been overwhelmingly positive in terms of the response & how people enjoyed that match, which is a great thing," he added.
After the World Cup, Kiwis played two-match Test series & three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. The Test matches were part of the World Test Championship (WTC).
The team managed to tie the Tests 1-1 while registering a 2-1 victory over Sri Lanka in the T20I series.