Despite losing the early wickets of skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson believes India had a decent opportunity of winning the WTC final on the last day.
Kane Williamson clarified his statement by claiming that India’s counter-attack, led by Rishabh Pant, might have helped India record a total that would have been difficult to defend for the Kiwis. As the wickets of Kohli and Pujara opened the floodgates for a batting collapse, Kyle Jamieson was the standout for New Zealand.
Kane Williamson outlined why he thought India had a chance to become the first World Test champions in an exclusive conversation with India Today.
“For us it was very much going in the day, expecting every result was realistic and trying to do as well as we could. Nothing different from the last few days and see how games unfurl and opportunity arises. It was great to take early wickets on that, that set up more chances of result on that day. India team counter-attacked after that, India had a fair shot too. Surface was offering to bowlers. It was intense for us,” Williamson stated.
Kane Williamson’s tour of England before to the WTC Final was purely coincidental:
Due to the two-match Test series against England, Kane Williamson stated that he did not believe New Zealand was more equipped than India for the WTC final. He believes India were competitive in the final and made it exceedingly difficult for the Kiwis to win.
“It is very hard to know what the better preparation is. India were as competitive and as strong as we were expecting and are a world-class cricket team. I suppose that tour was booked coincidentally before making it to the WTC final. It was about trying to get the right balance for us with three Tests in quick succession,” Kane Williamson signed off.
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