"We are excited (about) what this could do for cricket in New Zealand as well. That's a really good thing that we have to make sure that we have young cricketers -- boys and girls -- in New Zealand that want to partake in cricket," Stead told Niche Sports YouTube channel.
Auckland: The New Zealand head coach Gary Stead has said that a win over India in the final of the World Test Championship in Southampton will boost the game in the country and bring more youngsters to the cricket field.
The New Zealand coach Stead told Niche Sports Youtube channel, "We are excited (about) what this could do for cricket in New Zealand as well. That's a really good thing that we have to make sure that we have young cricketers -- boys and girls -- in New Zealand that want to partake in cricket."
In the final match, in which New Zealand won by eight wickets, with long-pacer Kyle Jamieson picking a five in the first innings and then dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli on the reserve day, Stead said his team wanted to bat longer in the first innings and score more runs to counter Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin in the second innings.
He added, "We were actually hoping to bat a little bit longer than we did and hopefully score some more runs. We thought first-innings runs were going to be very important on a pitch that was wearing and we knew (Ravichandran) Ashwin and (Ravindra) Jadeja were going to become more and more apparent in the game as it went on."
Earlier, former Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum felt and has said, "the decision to throw the ball to the 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."
The Kiwis scored 249 in the first innings and led India - who were all-out for 217 - by 32 runs. Opener Devon Conway scored 54 off 153 balls, while captain Kane Williamson made 49 off 177 balls.
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