New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was chuffed to bits at the post-match conference after leading his team to a commanding 8-wicket victory against India in the ICC World Test Championship final.
The Kiwi skipper, who scored an unbeaten half-century in the second innings, said that the triumph will be remembered for a long time.
Williamson also lauded Virat Kohli and his Team India and admitted that the game ebbed and flowed throughout the course of the first five days and he was glad that his team ended on the right side of things when it really mattered.
”It’s a special feeling. It’s nice to get one under the belt. I’d like to thank Virat and the Indian team. The heart that our team showed was commendable. It’s the first time we have come away with a world title, and the 22 players who played a big part in getting across the line deserve all the appreciation. This will be remembered for a long time. We don’t always have all the stars, and we saw that in this match. We saw so much heart and commitment. We know how strong the Indian side is, in all conditions. It’s a fickle game, in a one-off final. It ebbed and flowed, no one really had the upper hand for six days, and I’m happy we’re on the right side of it,” said Kane Williamson at the post-match conference.
Williamson lauded his lower-order for accumulating vital runs in the first innings which essentially proved to be the difference between the two teams.
He also lauded Ross Taylor for bringing all his experience into play on the sixth evening besides doffing his hat to BJ Watling, who has now officially retired from Test cricket,
”It was certainly tough going in the first innings. The lower order played with more freedom and got us a lead that gave us an edge. Ross is obviously very experienced and calm in these situations and it was great to be with him right there at the end. BJ Watling – I don’t know if he’s retiring any more actually (jokes). He’s a scrappy player, so this is a fitting end to a fantastic career for BJ Watling,” he added.