Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper, saw his side fall short in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 final by the finest margin, and while it isn’t something he can easily put behind him, he is grateful for the chance to have been involved in that match.
England and New Zealand were tied after 100 overs at Lord’s, and then again after the Super Over. The hosts were finally declared winners based on the number of boundaries scored in the game.
“It’s one of those things that every day, often, you’re having small conversations about it. Guys are still thinking about it, trying to make sense of it. That’s credit to the match we were involved in, but also the result and how it all ended up … One of those things that guys will be talking about for a long time,” Williamson said, reliving that day.
Williamson appreciated being involved in such a thrilling game, and the warmth and support that followed it. Soon after the final, the 29-year-old was also nominated for the New Zealander of the Year award.
“It’s one of those games which, no doubt, you’ll look back on and really have appreciated being involved in it. Then you throw in a bit of context – the World Cup final – and it maybe makes it all that more special,” he said.
New Zealand, perhaps, were unlikely finalists. Not just the final, but a major chunk of their campaign was determined by fine margins. They won off the last delivery in games against South Africa and West Indies, claimed a two-wicket win over Bangladesh, and qualified for the semi-final only because they had a higher net-run rate than Pakistan, with whom they were equal on points.
“It was really nice coming back home and seeing the reaction it had, and the following it had,” said the skipper. “It’s been overwhelmingly positive in terms of the response and how people enjoyed that match, which is a great thing,” he added.