New Zealand lost to England in an exciting encounter of the ICC World Cup 2019 final by Super Over boundary count at the Lord’s in London. The players took some time to cope up with the shocking defeat, and former Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum revealed what he said to the cricketers post the loss.

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Players handled loss brilliantly: McCullum

The hosts secured an outstanding win to clinch their maiden World Cup title. The 50 over game ended in a tie with both sides scoring 241 runs. The game then moved on to the Super Over which also couldn’t separate both the sides. Eoin Morgan & Co finally managed to win the game by Super Over boundary count leaving the New Zealand cricketers heartbroken. Meanwhile, this is the second consecutive time; the Black Caps have finished second in the World Cups.

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Kane Williamson. (Credits: Getty)

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Brendon McCullum, who was the skipper of the New Zealand team in the ICC World Cup 2019, said that it was easier for him to overcome the defeat last time as the game was not that close. He also added the current crop of players handled the loss brilliantly, which pleased him as it defines the character of the cricketer.

“It’s a bit different [from 2015] but I thought they’ve handled themselves magnificently in the aftermath of that result. Yes, it would’ve been lovely to have been a World Cup champion but I’ve always said the game doesn’t define you but it’s the person and character you are. I was so pleased with how our team handled that loss, also the success throughout that tournament.

“That’s the thing and it’s going to be so difficult for those guys. I was lucky enough to have a beer with them in the changing room and they were pretty broken, that’s for sure,” McCullum told

Brendon McCullum. Credit: PA Photos

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Furthermore, Brendon McCullum believes players would realise with time that they have played one of the best cricket games in history even if they have lost the match. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson showed great composure after a heartbreaking final.

“They were also really proud of what they did and how well they played. Over the coming months and years, whilst it’s still raw now, they’ll understand just how magnificent that spectacle was. And for it to happen on the biggest of stages, to have played the hand that they played in that match is absolutely amazing,” McCullum concluded.

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