Kane Williamson called India a truly great side, and that the Black Caps were proud to achieve a win against the Virat Kohli-led team in the World Test Championship (WTC) final at Southampton.
Auckland: New Zealand's World Test Championship winning team captain Kane Williamson called India a truly great side, and that the Black Caps were proud to achieve a win against the Virat Kohli-led team in the World Test Championship (WTC) final at Southampton.
The 30-year-old kiwi skipper told India Today on Monday, "In sport, when you have tournaments and finals, these are set up in a way to provide excitement and opportunity in a one-off game. It never really tells the whole picture. As we know, this Indian team is a formidable side. They truly are a great side."
New Zealand won the final of WTC against India by eight wickets to bag the winning purse of Rs 12 crore along with the ICC Test Championship Mace.
"We are proud to have achieved a win in this match but that takes nothing away from the quality that India had in their team, how strong they are year in and year out. I have got absolutely no doubt they will win plenty, plenty more."
The decision to throw the ball to Kyle Jamieson, a first-change bowler for New Zealand, to open the bowling attack on the reserve day (day 6) of the World Test Championship final against India was a Kane Williamson masterstroke after the bowler accounted for both overnight batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli to leave India in dire straits in the second innings.
"It's the passion that the country brings to the sport. Although I play for a different country, I think we can all appreciate the passion they bring to the game. It's rewarding for everybody that plays the game," he added.
He said India too had good depth in their seam bowling department and their pace attack was relentless. You feel the quality every time you come up against them. They are relentless with the ball. The seam bowling depth in the world is probably the best in the world. Their spinners, are incredible bowlers and the batting perhaps need no mention; it's world-class. And the depth they have been creating.