In the previous edition of the World Cup, veteran cricketer Brendon McCullum had led New Zealand to the final in 2015 against Australia. And in 2019, his teammate, Kane Williamson had led Kiwis in the ICC World Cup 2019 by making it to the second consecutive final. Pragmatically, there have been some similarities which are also about Kiwis playing according to the spirit of the game.
Notably, it’s indeed heartbreaking for the country which hosts less than five million population.
All in all, it was about how the Black Caps strangulating England to end up losing the finale on the count of most boundaries. On the other side, Ben Stokes had played an imperative role to become England’s World Cup hero.
On Sunday (July 14), the jam-packed Lord’s had witnessed a thrilling finale. Batting first New Zealand managed to score 241 for eight in 50 overs. In response, England equalled the score when a timely throw from Jimmy Neesham saw Trent Boult collecting the ball with ease before whipping off the zing bails.
There on, the Super Over saw England posting 15 as Kiwis in response had scored the same score. Thus, the game had culminated with England winning the coveted trophy by scoring the most number of boundaries during the match.
Meanwhile, the 37-year-old McCullum had lived every moment of the game. And being the Kiwis, he had termed it as a ‘heartbreaking’.
The explosive batsman had featured in 260 ODIs, 101 Tests and 71 T20Is for the Kiwis. McCullum had thanked England and the Black Caps for producing an enticing finale.
Overall, Kiwis played in good spirit:
McCullum, who also gave a hug to Williamson post-nerve-wracking finale, maintained they wouldn’t see such game again which has all in it.
“Heartbreaking. Never in our lives will we see a game as great as that again. Drama, emotion, skill and respect. Thank you Nz and thank you England. ❤️,” McCullum wrote following England’s dramatic win.
Interestingly, former Australian batsman Mark Waugh conceded that he had witnessed this enthralling finale. He also admitted the fact that this was something fascinating what they actually had played in 1999.
Waugh also reiterated that he feels sorry for the New Zealanders for the first time after England had emerged as a winner.
“Unbelievable should be a movie come out about that game. I thought we Aussies played in the most dramatic ODI game in 99 but that was something else. First time in my life I’ve actually felt sorry for you Kiwis. #unforgettable,” Waugh responded to McCullum’s post.
Unbelievable should be a movie come out about that game. I thought we Aussies played in the most dramatic ODI game in 99 but that was something else. First time in my life I’ve actually felt sorry for you Kiwis. #unforgettable
— Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) July 15, 2019