New Zealand kick-off player Martin Guptill reflected on the exciting final of the ICC men’s finals in 2019 and said, “Everyone was involved in the whole game and it was just a shame for us as far as the outcome was concerned.”
The World Cup final between England and New Zealand at Lord’s had all the elements of a classic. Eoin Morgan and Co. lifted the trophy and won the match after scoring points in the match and the subsequent Super Over. Losing the title many times made the result for the Black Caps all the more heartbreaking.
One of the key moments of the game was the 50th after England’s chase when a litter from Guptill “hit Stokes’ bat and ran away for four”. This turned out to be a crucial moment that left England in a game that went through many rides and turns.
“We were right in the box seat until the third ball,” Guptill said. “And then it should not be, but as a player Cricket is just that – it was a damn grand final.”
“I think it was the litter I threw off the line and struck on the back of Stokes’ bat and dripped off for four,” he said. “You know, when this happens, it tends not to go in your direction from a throw off the border.”
Guptill acknowledged that the mood in the New Zealand dressing room was “bleak” after losing such a close encounter, but said the team soon appreciated that it had spawned one of the “biggest games” in the history of the sport.
“The support we had from home and even from here, and what you see on the social media, all loved the game, whether they were cricket watchers or not,” Guptill said. “Everyone was excited and it was just a shame for us as far as the result was concerned.
“We actually had a pretty good party,” he added. “I mean, obviously it was a pretty gloomy mood for a while, but then we realized that we were part of one of the biggest games in cricket history, so we got over it fairly quickly, we had a good time together, because we are. ” I will not be together as a group for a while. “