New Zealand cricket fans on Thursday won a “David and Goliath” victory over India at the World Test Championships, inaugurating Kane Williamson’s men for clearing up the pain of recent big-game failures.
The Black Hats were also praised for the way they claimed victory, with pundits saying their sporting spirit shone during a well-deserved win at Southampton.
“This has been a master show by a team at the top of their game and at the top of the world,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
“Kane Williamson and the team leadership have built a brilliant and humble team that has become an inspiration to many New Zealanders.”
The final was scanned all night in New Zealand and dark-eyed viewers were reminded of the Black Caps ’defeats in the last two World Cup finals.
All Blacks, three-time New Zealand rugby world champion, said those results, devastating at the time, could now be considered “just warm-ups for the main event”.
“Congratulations @BLACKCAPS for taking on the biggest prize ever offered in the history of cricket, the World Trial Championship,” the team’s official Twitter feed said. “You dreamed big and it made us all proud.”
Many have pointed to the huge disparity in financial and gambling resources between India and New Zealand.
“It’s a story that looks like David versus Goliath, but Kane Williamson and his team are now World Test Champions and living proof that sometimes, just sometimes, the good guys finish first,” said Commander Simon Doull, former Test cricketer.
Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar said New Zealand deserved their victory.
“Congratulations @BLACKCAPS for winning # WTC21. You were the top team,” Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.
VVS Laxman, former battalion of India, accepted.
“Congratulations @BLACKCAPS for being worthy champions,” he tweeted.
“The NZ bowlers have been fantastic. Williamson and Taylor have brought their experience to finish the job.”
Another former New Zealand player, Mark Richardson, highlighted the conscious decision to avoid “the blatant and despicable way Australia played when they were at their most dominant”.
“They play hard and stop, but I think they’re trying to bring back the whole side of the gentleman’s game that cricket had had a long time ago,” he told TV3.
News website Stuff.co.nz cricket writer Mark Geenty has labeled the New Zealand team as “giant slayers”, choosing paceman Kyle Jamieson as an emerging star after a man-of-man show. -u-match.
“Jamieson was the dominant individual in Southampton, raising match numbers from 7-61 including Kohli’s precious wicket in both innings,” he wrote.
“Sixteen months after making his debut against India at Wellington, Jamieson has 46 points from eight Tests on a credible average of 14.”
Others noted how fitting it was that Williamson and veteran batter Ross Taylor – both key figures in New Zealand’s growth – were in the middle when the victories were marked.
Legendary all-rounder Richard Hadlee – widely regarded as New Zealand’s greatest player – said “this current group of players is the best in our history”.
“Over the last two years, Blacks Caps’ performances in the Test arena have been exceptional, with victories at home and abroad, ”he said.
“They really deserve to be crowned world champions.”
Amidst the joy, Australian cricket captain Tim Paine was on trend on New Zealand’s Twitter as a result of his first-match prediction that India would win “comfortably enough”.
“Has anyone checked on Tim?” Black Caps fan Benji Crossley tweeted. “I’m here for misery today.”