Kane Williamson, an ambassador of cricket
There is no one better in world cricket currently than Kane Williamson to be called the ambassador of cricket.
Just graze your memory back to the final of the 2019 ODI World Cup when New Zealand were denied the world cup trophy despite both the actual match and the super over getting tied. A silly rule which led to the final being decided on boundary countback rule had every reason to infuriate the team which ended on the wrong side of the line.
Their leader Kane Williamson, in this case, had every right to express his disappointment and frustration at the result. Imagine how the situation would have been if Virat Kohli had somehow got the rough end of the deal, but the admirable manner in which Kane Williamson carried himself only enhanced his reputation.
The cricket Gods smiled upon the Kiwi captain as New Zealand won the final of the world test Championship by 8 wickets to be crowned the champions in the same country two years after the Lord’s snub.
This is what Williamson had to say after the win:
“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. 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.”
Williamson was also the highest scorer in the WTC final and his appreciation of the opposition’s effort won many hearts, once again.