In the last couple of days, Kane Williamson has been receiving praise from all over for the way he has handled New Zealand’s defeat in the World Cup final. It was a tough pill to swallow but Kane Williamson has been gracious throughout. Despite losing his second World Cup final in a row, the New Zealand skipper has made sure to keep his emotions under check.
England beat New Zealand in a thrilling game to win their first-ever World Cup. This was England’s fifth final and first since 1992. The title-decider went right down to the wire before the ICC rules favoured the hosts. Both the teams scored 241 runs in their allotted 50 overs before scoring 15 in the super overs. However, New Zealand lost out because of hitting lesser number of boundaries.
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Despite the cruel defeat, Kane Williamson has won overs hearts with his behaviour. But he recently went emotional and called the World Cup final defeat a bad dream. Speaking in a recent interview posted on the official Twitter handle of ESPNcricinfo, Williamson compared New Zealand’s loss in the final to a “bad dream” and talked about how he has been tacking with it.
“I sort of explained it to few people, it’s like it sort of hits you in waves. You feel like, 10 minutes, you forget about it and then you make little jokes and then it comes back to you and you go… ‘that just happened’ and ‘did that just happen’,” Kane Williamson was quoted as saying.
"I woke up wondering if it was a bad dream."
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 16, 2019
Former South Africa AB de Villiers has now responded to Williamson’s comment. De Villiers, who had ironically suffered a heartbreaking loss at the hands of New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup semifinal, replied to the tweet, writing:
“I know the feeling?”
I know the feeling😳
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) July 17, 2019