The ICC 2019 World Cup final heartbreak at Lord’s was the turning point for New Zealand cricket and the win over India in the first-ever ICC World Test Championship final has made up for that defeat, said senior Kiwi cricketer Ross Taylor on Wednesday.
Notably, the 50-overs World Cup final in 2019 had ended in a tie after both New Zealand and hosts England managed to score precisely 241. Even the Super Over couldn’t separate the two teams with the Blackcaps managing to score the same total as the Three Lions but it was the hosts who were crowned the World Champions owing to an arbitrary boundary count rule.
WTC final win the highlight of New Zealand cricket's consistency: Taylor
"Over the last few years, the team has built into a fantastic consistent side and after the heartbreak of the 2019 World Cup, this is definitely the highlight and I think probably makes up for that," said Taylor referring to that agonising loss in 2019.
"Once the winning runs were hit, walking off with him (Williamson) and the discussions afterwards, it’s something that I’ll never forget. It was still touch and go when I went out there to bat; to get through that hard period and Kane’s been a fantastic captain and ambassador for the game and our country," he added.
He also said that his picture along with Williamson happily walking off the ground after finishing off the match speaks louder than words.