Published: Thu, July 18, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ravi Shastri hails Kane Williamson’s composure after World Cup defeat

Ravi Shastri hails Kane Williamson’s composure after World Cup defeat

Coming to terms with the heart-wrenching defeat against England in the World Cup title clash, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said that "no one lost the final but there was a crowned winner".

"Obviously we're all hurting", he added.

In the pulsating match on Sunday, being called the greatest World Cup final by many, the Kiwis tied the regulation 50 overs and the super over but went down on inferior boundary count. Trent Boult misjudged a catch from Ben Stokes and he landed on the boundary rope with the ball in his hand in the penultimate over of the match. "Somehow I was hit for six along the ground which I've never had happen before".

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"It's hard to know that after playing 15 hours A lot of Kiwis out there were saying "we felt for you" kind of thing".

"You can imagine the feeling when my left shoe hit the cushion and it was too late to throw the ball to Marty [Guptill]. I know that can be a really hard especially when you have a World Cup final on the line, but if you do remove that, a little bit, and you look at the cricket that we played, the way the guys went about their business, we should be really proud".

Boult finished with 17 wickets in 10 matches at an average of 28.17 and strike rate of 31.80. Boult said that the two finals were completely different and added that they were outplayed during the 2015 World Cup. "I'd love it to sink in so we can get over it", stuff.co.nz quoted Boult as saying.

"Like I said, it's not gonna be something that disappears in the next couple of days".

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