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Ravi Shastri Breaks Silence On World Cup Final Controversy, Here's The Team India Coach's View On England-New Zealand

Written By Koushik Narayanan | Mumbai | Published:

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  • The former Indian batsman took to Twitter to applaud Williamson's composure and dignity in the backdrop of the sequence of events in the finals of the showpiece event
  • ┬áThe 28-year-old now has the most number of runs by a captain in the quadrennial event
  • The hosts England were declared the winners after the Super Over against New Zealand ended in a tie

India's head coach Ravi Shastri heaped praises on New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson after New Zealand lost the World Cup finals to England on July 14 at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. 

The former Indian batsman took to Twitter to applaud Williamson's composure and dignity in the backdrop of the sequence of events in the finals of the showpiece event. He lauded the grace and silence maintained by the Kiwis skipper post their World Cup loss and made a biblical reference to his name, stating that he was both Kane and Able. 

Here's Shastri's message to Kane Williamson:   

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The hosts England were declared the winners after the Super Over against New Zealand ended in a tie. England had scored a higher number of boundaries in their innings, and as per ICC rules, won the match and were named champions, winning their maiden World Cup. 

"I suppose you never thought you would have to ask that question and I never thought I would have to answer it (smiling)," was Williamson's first reaction when asked about the rule. ''While the emotions are raw, it is pretty hard to swallow when two teams have worked really, really hard to get to this moment in time'', he added.

Opting to bat, New Zealand had put up a modest 241 for eight. In reply, England ended at the same score, taking the match to the one-over eliminator. In the Super Over, England batted first and the duo of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler made 15. New Zealand also ended at the same score but the hosts came out victorious on boundary count.

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The 28-year-old now has the most number of runs by a captain in the quadrennial event. Williamson has surpassed former Sri Lankan great Mahela Jayawardene's tally of 548 runs on his way to this milestone. 

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