Kane Williamson after winning the WTC title: It's a very special feeling

Chasing 139 for victory, New Zealand romped home in the final session of the reserve day. Captain Williamson was unbeaten on 52 and Ross Taylor on 47 as New Zealand became Test cricket's first official world champion.

Published : Jun 24, 2021 00:47 IST , SOUTHAMPTON

Kane Williamson led New Zealand to the inaugural WTC title.
Kane Williamson led New Zealand to the inaugural WTC title.

Kane Williamson led New Zealand to the inaugural WTC title.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said winning the World Test Championship title in Southampton was a "special achievement".

"I've been part of (New Zealand cricket) for a short while, it's a very special feeling, the first time in our history we've come away with a world title," Williamson said on Wednesday.

"We've had 22 players over the last two years, and they've all played their part, and the support staff and the guys who played this match, it's a special achievement to be savoured.


"We know we don't always have the stars. We rely on other bits and pieces to stay in the game and be competitive," he added.

Chasing 139 for victory, New Zealand rode on Williamson's unbeaten 52 and Ross Taylor's unbeaten 47 to beat India in the final session.


"It's not always easy in a final, a one-off Test match, we respect that, and throughout all six days, it ebbed and flowed, no one got the upper hand, and it came to the last day," he said.

"We saw a lot of heart from the lower order, who came in and tried to inch us into some sort of lead. It was a very sporting surface, and having only four days' cricket, there was always a chance of a result."

Meanwhile, B. J. Watling bid adieu to all cricket. He had earlier announced that he would retire after the WTC final. On Watling, Williamson said: "He's a special member, a leader in our group, and epitomises our team," he said.

"A scrappy performance, which is close to his heart, because he's a scrappy player. A great occasion to celebrate, a great game of cricket, and a great career which we'll celebrate."

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