New Zealand Left-arm fast-medium bowler Trent Boult has said that he will be taking his dog on walks along the beach to get over the gut-wrenching World Cup loss to England. He added that losing on boundary-count will be hard to swallow for a couple of years.
Boult took 17 wickets and was one of the star performers for the Black Caps in the quadrennial event. He landed back in the country amid questions on how the Kiwis are coping after losing their second successive World Cup final.
"Well, I'm gonna go home for the first time in about four months. Probably gonna walk my dog along the beach and try and put it aside. I'm sure he won't be too angry at me. It's not gonna be something that disappears in the next couple of days. It's probably something that's gonna be hard to swallow for the next couple of years," he said, as per PTI.
In the intense final on Sunday, 14 July, the totals were tied in the regulation overs and the super over but England won by virtue of the boundary-count rule having hit 24 boundaries compared to New Zealand’s 17.
Boult said it has been tough to forget the 49th over when he took a catch of Ben Stokes off Jimmy Neesham but ended up touching the boundary line missing out on dismissing the dangerous Stokes who went on to tie the score for England.
"I suppose it's just natural to nitpick and pull apart a game like that. You just wonder those little things that went your way, or didn't go your way or whatever, it could've been a totally different game. Yeah, of course, I'm living the last over throughout my mind a lot. Somehow we were hit for six along the ground which has never been happened before. And then, yeah, a couple of run outs, to bowl them out and to see the scores level and to lose was a pretty unique situation," recalled the Kiwi.
The answer was a firm ‘no’ when he was asked if he feels cheated. Asked if he would he do anything differently, Boult said he doesn't envision another team coming as close to winning or losing the Cup as his side did.
"It was an amazing stage to be on. Obviously saw what it meant for the Englishmen to get across the line. It could have been us. Unfortunately, it wasn't. No one is probably going to get closer to winning the World Cup or losing the World Cup as us," said the 29-year-old.
Displaying humility like his skipper Kane Williamson, Boult said he felt apologetic towards fans who were rooting for the quintessential "nice guys" of the game.
"You see a lot of disappointment in cricketing fans around the world, not just Kiwis but a lot of supporters that wanted us to win. It's a shame to let everyone down really. It's hard to know that after playing 15 hours A lot of Kiwis out there were saying 'we felt for you' kind of thing. Yeah don't really know too much more to say really. Obviously we're all hurting and yeah sorry for letting everyone down," he said.
Recalling 2015 final, in which the Black Caps were outplayed by Australia, Boult that loss hurts less compared to the heartbreak at Lord's.
"Yeah, the final in 2015 was a no show in my opinion. We were outplayed from kinda the first couple of overs. Definitely didn't hurt as much as the other day did," he said.