Indian wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik said that it will be mentally hard for Kane Williamson-led New Zealand side to lose the T20 World Cup final to Australia.
On Sunday, New Zealand suffered an eight-wicket loss against Australia in the final of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in Dubai.
Kane Williamson 85 in vain as New Zealand lose T20 World Cup final
Having lost the toss, New Zealand were asked to bat first and skipper Williamson led the charge in the big game.
Williamson was dropped by Hazlewood off Mitchell Starc’s bowling in the 11th over before he smacked the bowler for 22 runs in his last over.
Williamson scored 85 from 48 balls before he holed out to Steve Smith off Hazlewood’s bowling in the 18th over. New Zealand posted a challenging total of 172/4 in the first innings.
Australia’s duo of David Warner (53) and Mitchell Marsh (77) paved the way for the team’s chase with their impetus partnership of 92 runs before the former departed in the 13th over.
Glenn Maxwell hit 28 runs off 18 balls to finish the game along with Marsh for Australia, who won their maiden T20I title.
India bilateral series will help New Zealand to move on: Dinesh Karthik
Karthik feels that it will be mentally hard for New Zealand to lose the final and said they will move on as they face India in the upcoming T20I series.
“It will be a bit hard mentally. New Zealand had a great year, finals of both the World Test Championship and the T20 World Cup, one they won and one they lost. They will take this bilateral series as a step to the WC next year. They’ll do everything they can do to put up a good show in India,” Karthik said on Cricbuzz.
“Had they won the tournament, being champions and being asked to play again in 3 days time, that would have been the worst thing possible because you want to enjoy what you have done. Since they lost the tournament, it’s not a bad thing that NZ have to play again in 3 days time, it will help them move on,” he added.
New Zealand will play India in the first T20 International match on November 17 in Jaipur.