New Zealand captain Kane Williamson smiles for the cameras while posing with the World Test Championship (WTC) mace, according to the International Cricket Council (ICC).
In the WTC final in Southampton on Wednesday, New Zealand defeated India by eight wickets to win their first ICC trophy in over two decades. The previous ICC victory for the Black Caps came in 2000, when a Stephen Fleming-led side won the Champions Trophy.
Kane Williamson has a new best friend 🥰
— ICC (@ICC) June 25, 2021
The ICC released a video on Friday that included behind-the-scenes footage of Williamson standing with the WTC mace. The video was uploaded by ICC with the following caption:
“Kane Williamson has a new best friend. Take a behind the scenes look as the @BLACKCAPS skipper smiles for the cameras with the #WTC21 Final mace.”
Kane Williamson took charge from the start, scoring an undefeated 52 to lead the Kiwis to victory while chasing 139. The New Zealand captain and seasoned batsman Ross Taylor (47*) put on an unbroken 96-run partnership.
Kyle Jamieson, New Zealand’s fast bowler, was the star of the show in the WTC final, taking seven wickets in total, including five in the first innings. In both innings, he dismissed Indian captain Virat Kohli.
Kane Williamson happy with one-off WTC final
Hear from Kane Williamson as the team reflects on an inaugural World Test Championship victory 🔊 pic.twitter.com/vXwUB8S1fg
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) June 25, 2021
While Kohli, the losing captain, called for a multi-game final to determine the WTC champion, Williamson praised the one-off format. The Kiwi captain said at a post-match press conference:
“I suppose the exciting part of a final is that anything can happen. We know how fickle cricket is and we have seen in other competitions, other World Cups and all other bits and pieces. The one-off factor brings a unique dynamic which does make it exciting.”
“On any given day, anything can happen. I suppose there are arguments for both sides and the challenge would be scheduling that (three-match WTC) series amongst lot of cricket that is already on. The more cricket you have in a series, the more you find out and the more you reveal. But it was an exciting game. It was the first time, both teams were fully geared up for it and it was a brilliant game of cricket.”
Following New Zealand’s WTC final victory, Kane Williamson has received widespread acclaim from the cricketing community. The New Zealand victory came two years after the Black Caps were denied the ODI World Cup trophy due to an odd boundary count regulation.
💬 “Humble, hardworking, outstanding.”
— ICC (@ICC) June 25, 2021