After forecasting that New Zealand would lose the World Test Championship final, Tim Paine has publicly apologized. The Australian Test captain was candid in his appraisal, admitting he was entirely wrong on that one.
Paine enraged Black Caps fans earlier this month when he predicted India would beat New Zealand handily in the summit battle.
Tim Paine apologized to Kiwi fans after the Kiwis were declared WTC champions on New Zealand radio station Newstalk ZB, saying:
“We all get some wrong. I copped a bit from the Kiwi fans, so I thought I’d come on air and eat some humble pie. I thought the New Zealanders played outstandingly. It’s always a pleasure to watch the way they go about it.”
An incredible moment in @BLACKCAPS history 🏆
— ICC (@ICC) June 24, 2021
Given the disparities in resources available to both teams, many dubbed the India-New Zealand final a David-versus-Goliath battle. Tim Paine, who is from a tiny state himself, praised New Zealand’s effort and said that he recognized the significance of the victory. He continued, ”
“For such a small nation – I’m from Tasmania, which is obviously our smallest resource state and we punch above our weight – so I certainly respect what the Kiwis do on an international stage.”
What had Tim Paine said earlier?
Good morning to everyone, especially Tim Paine ❤️ pic.twitter.com/EN3Aikg68t
— James Meager (@jrmeager) June 23, 2021
After defeating England 1-0 in a Test series in their build-up to the WTC final, many analysts had pegged New Zealand as favorites, owing to their greater understanding of conditions.
Tim Paine, on the other hand, chose a different path. The Australian Test captain had previously supported India to win the World Test Championship final handily when addressing to the media from Brisbane.
“My prediction is, India will win pretty comfortably if they play anywhere near their best,” Paine said at a press conference in Brisbane.
Tim Paine’s words have a habit of enraging netizens and eliciting backlash on social media.
What a day this was! 😍
— ICC (@ICC) June 25, 2021