Kane Williamson-led New Zealand won the World Test Championship (WTC) final after beating India in the finals. Virat Kohli-led Indian team were heavily criticized for exhibiting an underwhelming performance with the bat on the reserve day of the Test match.
However, New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson believes that India was equally competitive on the final day of the final. New Zealand did well to take the early wickets of Kohli and Pujara but Williamson believes that India made a fightback with a counter-productive approach set by Rishabh Pant. Kane Williamson made this statement during an exclusive interview with India Today.
“For us it was very much going in the day, expecting every result was realistic and trying to do as well as we could. Nothing different from the last few days and see how games unfurl and opportunity arises. It was great to take early wickets on that, which set up more chances of result on that day. India team counter-attacked after that, India had a fair shot too. The surface was offering to bowlers. It was intense for us,” Williamson stated.
Before the start of the World Test Championship final, New Zealand played a two-match Test series against England, which perhaps served as a great match practice for the WTC final. However, Williamson reckoned that India too was competitive and made it difficult for them to win the game.
“It is very hard to know what the better preparation is. India was as competitive and as strong as we were expecting and are a world-class cricket team. I suppose that tour was booked coincidentally before making it to the WTC final. It was about trying to get the right balance for us with three Tests in quick succession,” Kane Williamson signed off.
Team India will now play a five-match Test series against England, starting from 4th August 2021.