This Indian Side Is Formidable; A One-Off Final Never Tells The Whole Picture: Kane Williamson

Updated - 29 Jun 2021, 11:51 AM

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Kane Williamson (Image Credit: Twitter)

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson heaped praises on the Indian team despite trouncing them by eight wickets in the ICC World Test Championship final in Southampton. New Zealand managed to win an ICC tournament for the first time since 1999, overcoming a spirited Indian side. Even though Kane Williamson expressed proudness at what he achieved, he accepts a one-off final fails to depict the entire picture.

There have been extensive debates on whether India and New Zealand needed to play more than one game to determine the winner of the ICC World Test Championship. With the tournament lasting a couple of years, experts saw it fair to have the best of three finals to decide the holder. Indian captain Virat Kohli voiced his concerns over having at least three games as his side could not get enough time to adapt to the conditions.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

Kane Williamson feels the set-up encourages excitement and that a one-off final can hardly tell the entire picture. The 30-year old stated that even though they are proud of beating India, Williamson admitted their opponents are formidable and have top-notch players.

“The set-up provides excitement. One off final, it never really tells whole picture. As we know, this Indian team is a formidable side. It’s a great side and we are proud to achieve a win in this match but it doesn’t take away anything from the fact that how strong they are and what quality they have,” Williamson told India Today.

Indian players hold themselves as great ambassadors of the game: Kane Williamson

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Kane Williamson backed India to be a lot more successful as they possess some of the best players across facets in the armoury and the depth they have created is incredible. The classy right-handed batsman also labelled them as great ambassadors of the game and hailed their passion for it.

“No doubt they will win plenty more, you know their quality. They are relentless, they have a pace attack which is best in the world, incredible spin bowlers and batting needs no mention. The depth that they have created. Emotion that a country brings for sport, we can all appreciate having India and their passion is rewarding. They hold themselves as ambassadors of game,” he added.

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