Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said that Kane Williamson’s team was down after their close defeat of England in the 2019 Men’s World Cricket Championship final.
McCullum knows what it’s like to lose a World Cup finals when he lost to Australia in the 2015 finals in Melbourne. New Zealand’s defeat at Lord’s may have hurt them even more, bearing in mind that they missed their first world championship title tormentingly.
After balanced results in the match and then in the Super Over England were awarded the game and the coveted trophy after Boundary Count. McCullum recalled that the players were “pretty broken” after the game. Nevertheless, they were proud to have even reached the final.
“I was fortunate to have a beer in the locker room with them, and they were pretty broken, that’s for sure,” McCullum was quoted by stuff.co.nz.
“They were also very proud of what they did and how well they played, and in the coming months and years, they will understand how great this spectacle was, even though it is not that good yet biggest stage happened. ” Playing the hand they played in this match is absolutely amazing.
In the face of the suffering, McCullum asked the team to look at the big picture. This is the positive impact that New Zealand’s overall performance will have on the game in New Zealand, similar to the 2015 show.
“It was a missed opportunity, but I looked at the positive aspects of the remainder of the World Cup and what it means for the game in our country instead of focusing on that last moment.”
New Zealand expects an exciting home summer with England and India later this year. The high caliber series, based on a fantastic World Cup performance, could further improve the cause of the game in the country.
“It will be pretty intriguing to cricket fans that England arrives and India is here,” he said.
“I am confident that New Zealand will perform well, they are definitely very good in their own conditions, but both teams will be a great challenge.”
New Zealand’s immediate priority would be their tour of Sri Lanka, where they will play two match trials in Galle on August 14, followed by three T20Is.