Kane Williamson | Kane Williamson reveals the moment that completely turned India vs New Zealand WTC final
Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson  |  Photo Credits: AP
- New Zealand beat India in WTC final
- New Zealand team won the final by 8 wickets
- This title match was played in Southampton, England.
Recently New Zealand won the first World Test Championship (WTC) title. New Zealand beat India by 8 wickets in WTC final. India scored 217 runs in the first innings and 170 runs in the second innings. At the same time, New Zealand scored 249 runs in the first innings to lead by 32 runs and thus the Kiwi team got a target of 139 runs to win. Chasing the target on Reserve Day, New Zealand lost the first two wickets at 44. From here, captain Kane Williamson (52) and Ross Taylor (47) took the lead and returned as champions to the team. Now Williamson recounts the one moment that completely turned the final around.
This moment completely turned the match
Let us tell you that when Kane Williamson came out to chase the target on Reserve Day, the on-field umpire Michael Gough on the ball of Ravichandran Ashwin had called the Kiwi captain LBW. However, Williamson did not seem to agree with the umpire’s decision and took a review. It was seen in the DRS that the ball is missing the stumps. In such a situation, Williamson extended his innings and returned after winning the team. Williamson told India Today, ‘It was a very close matter. But the way Ashwin made the ball spin, I thought I might have a chance. So I decided to take a review, which went in my favour. Then we got stronger on the match.
Williamson praises India
The New Zealand captain praised the Indian team a lot. Williamson said, ‘A final never tells the whole story. We know India are a strong team and we are proud to have won this final. However, one cannot ignore how strong Team India is and what qualities they have. Williams said, ‘No doubt they will win a lot, you know their quality. They have a dangerous fast bowling attack, one of the best in the world. Needless to mention the incredible spin bowlers and batting. There is depth in them.
people were more likely to draw
Williamson said on the final day of the title match that all three outcomes in the match were possible in different percentages, but everyone probably felt that a draw was most likely due to paucity of time. The Kiwi captain said, ‘We had a lot going through our minds that day. Any kind of result was expected. We were trying to do as much as we could. The last few days were nothing different and then see how the game is progressing. At the same time, the opportunity also came.
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