Kane Williamson | Kane Williamson Statement after New Zealand beats Team India in World Test Championship Final
Kane Williamson  |  Photo Credits: AP
- New Zealand win WTC final
- Kiwi team beat India by 8 wickets
- Captain Williamson batting brilliantly
Captain Kane Williamson (52 not out) and Ross Taylor (70 not out) returned to New Zealand to win their first ICC World Test Championship (WTC) title on Wednesday. New Zealand defeated Virat Kohli-led Indian team by 8 wickets in the final. India could only manage 170 runs in the second innings on the sixth day, setting New Zealand a target of 139 runs, taking a 32-run lead in the first innings.
New Zealand’s two wickets fell for 44 runs, but Williamson and Taylor added 96 runs to give the team victory. In response to India’s 217 in the first innings, New Zealand scored 249 runs. Captain Williamson was not happy after New Zealand became the Test champion. He said that our players showed courage and captured the first world title. Let us tell you that due to rain on the first and fourth day, the match got stretched till the sixth day i.e. Reward Day.
The captain gave this gift after becoming a champion
After winning the Test Championship title, Captain Williamson said, ‘It is a special feeling. For the first time we have won a world title. I want to thank Virat and Team India. They are an excellent team. We knew what a challenge to face. But our team showed tremendous courage and we were able to win a world title. However, the spirit with which 22 players from both the teams played, deserves all the praise. This tournament will be remembered for a long time.
‘There were many ups and downs in the final’
Williamson said, ‘We don’t always have all the stars and we saw that in this match. We saw the courage and commitment of the players in the title match. We know how strong India is in every situation. This final was very volatile. There were many ups and downs and some shortcomings of the teams were also seen. For six days no team had the upper hand. However, I am happy that we were successful in the end.
‘The lower order played well in the first innings’
The Kiwi captain further said, ‘It was very difficult to play in the first innings. But the lower order played with more freedom and gave us the lead, which gave us strength. It is known that at one point in New Zealand’s first innings, the situation had turned sour, when 6 wickets fell on the total score of 162. In such a situation, Kyle Jameson (21) and Tim Southee (30) saved the team from faltering. At the same time, Williamson praised Ross Taylor and said, ‘Ross is very experienced and calm. He understands these situations very well. It was great to bat with him till the end.
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