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Kane Williamson Reflects Back On The Heart-breaking World Cup Final

Written By Karthik Nair | Mumbai | Published:


  • Kane Williamson had led New Zealand to their second straight World Cup final
  • England beat New Zealand by boundary count rule to win their maiden World Cup
  • Williamson has added that he and his boys still think about that game

Kane Williamson has been leading New Zealand from the front exceptionally well for many years now. Under his captaincy, the Kiwis have been performing really well be it bilateral series, tri-series or ICC events. New Zealand have become a force to reckon with in multi-nation tournaments. They enter those tournaments as either the dark horses or as favourites and gives rest of the teams a run for their money. Even though they are a force to reckon with in the multi-nation tournaments, they have not succeeded in winning a major silverware since the ICC Knockout Trophy 2000. The Black Caps had reached their maiden World Cup final in 2015 under Brendon McCullum but were completely blown away by the Australian resistance. Four years later, New Zealand under the leadership of a bold Kane Williamson reached yet another World Cup final.

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A thrilling yet heartbreaking finale

New Zealand seemed to be in the driver's seat to win their first-ever World Cup. After knocking out hot favourites India out of the tournament, New Zealand almost had England on the mat in the summit clash. However, an umpiring error where five runs had to be given away instead of six according to the cricketing rules ended up being the turning point. At the end of 100 overs, both teams were tied at the same score of 241 and a super over had to be played in order to determine a winner. Surprisingly, even the super over was tied and England were crowned world champions due to the boundary count rule much to the disappointment of New Zealand, the cricketing fraternity and the fans.

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Kane Williamson reflects on the World Cup final

Kane Williamson was seen smiling and standing boldly even after his team's dreams were shattered. He was adjudged 'Player of the Tournament' for amassing 578 runs. Speaking to the International Cricket Council (ICC), Williamson said that the guys (team-mates) are still thinking about it and are trying to make sense of it. Kane Williamson also mentioned that it is a credit to the match that he and his boys were involved in but also the result and how it all ended up. He further added that it is one of the things which they will be talking about for a long time.

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