"I thought the captaincy of Kane Williamson to throw the ball to Kyle Jamieson, against previous routines, at the start of the day's play was a bit of a masterstroke," McCullum told ESPNcricinfo.
Southampton: Former Black Caps captain, Brendon McCullum feels Kane Williamson's decision to throw the ball to Kyle Jamieson, the first change bowler for New Zealand to open the bowling attack on reserve day of the World Test Championship final against India, was a masterstroke by Kane Williamson. "
New Zealand thrashed the Virat Kohli-led India by eight wickets, with Jamieson dismissing both batsmen, Cheteshwar Pujara (15) and skipper Kohli (13) overnight, to blow India's chances of saving the Test. Williamson and Taylor remained unbeaten on 52 and 47, respectively.
While speaking to ESPNcricinfo, a former New Zealand player said, "I thought the captaincy of Kane Williamson to throw the ball to Kyle Jamieson, against previous routines, at the start of the day's play was a bit of a masterstroke."
McCullum, who had captained the side in the 2015 World Cup final, was happy that the legendary Williamson and Ross Taylor completed the formalities of victory.
"His height and release point, they measure up so well against the Indian batters. He was able to get the openings and once that happened, it really started to sense the belief among the group."
The 39-year-old McCullum added, "You could see on the faces of Kane and Ross just how much it meant to them and how satisfying it to finally be able to climb that ladder."
He said, "Those chases are horrible -- 140 seems like a mountain of runs, especially when you know what the carrot is at the end. Thought it was really fitting to see New Zealand's two greats, really, when you talk batting, to see (them) home. There was a bit of luck and good fortune along the way but in this game, you are entitled to a little bit if you keep banging the door down."
Ross Taylor, who hit the winning runs in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final said on a winning day, "I am sure, there are a few Kiwis waking up who will be very proud. There was a lot of pressure; it was nice to be standing up to it. The 2019 World Cup was something that was very tough for us at the time, but this makes up for that. Over time, it will sink in a little more."