Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain thinks that deciding the result of the ICC World Cup final on the back of boundary was not good. The thing took place after New Zealand and England ended up scoring the same. Even the Super Over too ended in a tie and then England won the final on the back of superior boundary as they hit 26 boundaries whereas New Zealand scored 17.
However, Kane Williamson said that losing in such a way was “hard to take”. He further shared that deciding the winner in a crucial game like an eliminator may not be considered well always and that’s why ICC has decided to abolish the method. From the next, Super Overs will be played until one team scores more runs than the other.
“I genuinely think that no-one ever thought that was going to happen and it did,” Williamson said before their next series. “At times, you think about how some of those decisions are made; probably sitting in a room a little like this and throwing a few ideas around. That’s all I can imagine. And then for it to actually happen is a pretty scary thing.”
However, despite the World Cup final disappointment, there is no animosity between the New Zealand and England teams. Both Kane Williamson and the England Test captain, Joe Root, both share a respectful relationship as they both play together for Yorkshire.
On the other hand, England’s limited-overs captain, Eoin Morgan, has always vocal about his admiration for the former player Brendon McCullum and his. He followed the nearly similar path of what McCullum’s side did in the 2015 World Cup final.
“Culturally, socially, there are a lot of similarities between the Kiwis and the English,” shared Williamson. “If you go back to people who go to uni and do their two-year visa over there, it’s a common thing. People travel and spend a lot of time with the English. A number of guys have played county and franchise cricket. A few friendships have been built through that.”
However, Williamson shared his relationship with Joe Root and the discussions the duo had during their days at Yorkshire.
“When Joe was around at Yorkshire, we would chew the fat and discuss cricket. I’d ask ‘How do I become as good as you, Joe?’ and try to pick his brains. I loved my time over in county cricket. The social part and the environment is similar. It’s a brilliant place to learn your game. At the same time, they are really competitive matches and the guys enjoy playing against England,” Kane Williamson concluded.