Playing in the World Test Championship final is an honor itself. However, team India were just inches away from winning their first ICC tournament since 2013. The last time the Men in Blue lifted an ICC trophy was the 2013 Champions Trophy under MS Dhoni’s captaincy.
Following the WTC final defeat, the trophy drought extended to eight years. While it was an underwhelming performance from team India, one cannot undermine what New Zealand achieved.
Ravi Shastri congratulates New Zealand for winning WTC final
Indian coach Ravi Shastri saw his men’s two years of hard work go to waste. But at the end of the day, cricket is a gentleman’s game. Shastri congratulated NZ with a tweet.
“Better team won in the conditions. Deserved winners after the longest wait for a World Title. Classic example of Big things don’t come easy. Well played, New Zealand. Respect.“
Like Shastri said, the Ultimate Test was unarguably the biggest match of the year so far. Moreover, with the final being just a one-off Test match further increased the pressure on both sides.
While Virat Kohli and co. succumbed to that pressure, Kane Williamson’s side didn’t let the pressure get to them. The result? NZ won their first ICC trophy in over two decades.
Team India needs to get past this. They have a packed schedule ahead as well. The schedule for the second edition of the WTC has been announced for team India too. Maybe they can become the best team in the red-ball format then.
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