ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Brendon McCullum Reveals The Condition Of The Kiwi Players After Losing The Final
Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum met with the New Zealand players after their heartbreaking defeat in the final of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. He felt that the broken Kiwi players handled that situation magnificently.
Just a week ago, on 14th July, New Zealand and the hosts England played an incredible final of the 2019 CWC. Both teams fought very hard in that game till the end. After New Zealand managed the first innings total of 241/8 (50 overs), England replied with 241 runs (50 overs).
That tie result forced that game to enter the Super Over, but once again it had a tie result. In the Super Over, England scored 15/0 while New Zealand scored 15/1. Finally, England won that final match due to the higher boundaries and snatched that 2019 CWC trophy.
Brendon McCullum led the New Zealand side in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. In that tournament, New Zealand also reached the final but lost that final against Australia.
I thought they’ve handled themselves magnificently – Brendon McCullum
McCullum believes that Kane Williamson-led Blackcaps’ CWC final defeat was more heartbreaking than their one. While the Kiwi players were broken on their latest 2019 CWC final defeat, McCullum felt that they handled that situation brilliantly.
McCullum told Stuff.co.nz, “It’s a bit different [from 2015] but I thought they’ve handled themselves magnificently in the aftermath of that result. Yes, it would’ve been lovely to have been a World Cup champion but I’ve always said the game doesn’t define you but it’s the person and character you are. I was so pleased with how our team handled that loss, also the success throughout that tournament.
“That’s the thing and it’s going to be so difficult for those guys. I was lucky enough to have a beer with them in the changing room and they were pretty broken, that’s for sure.”
They’ll understand just how magnificent that spectacle was
Brendon McCullum believes that the New Zealand players will later realise how they played one of the spectacular matches. Rather than focusing on the last moment, McCullum wants to see the bigger positive part of New Zealand cricket.
He added, “They were also really proud of what they did and how well they played. Over the coming months and years, whilst it’s still raw now, they’ll understand just how magnificent that spectacle was. And for it to happen on the biggest of stages, to have played the hand that they played in that match is absolutely amazing.
“It was a missed opportunity but I looked at the positives of the rest of the World Cup and what it did for the game in our country rather than focusing on that last moment.”
Kane Williamson-led New Zealand outstandingly started the 2019 CWC. After their first six matches of the round-robin stage, New Zealand won five matches, and one had no result. However, they failed to carry that strong momentum further as they suffered three straight defeats. Finally, New Zealand qualified for the semi-final after finishing in the fourth position in the points table with 11 points.
In the first semi-final, New Zealand faced table-topper India. In that low-scoring two-day stretched game, New Zealand won by 18 runs after showing great character.
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