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WTC Final – New Zealand deserved a win, we scored 30-40 runs short: Virat Kohli


  • Virat Kohli admits that his team did not score high
  • Kohli wishes New Zealand on winning WTC
  • Williamson also expressed happiness after the victory, said it was pleasant to be a champion

India captain Virat Kohli described New Zealand as deserving of victory in the World Test Championship (WTC) final and said here on Wednesday that the result could have been different had his team scored 30-40 runs more in the second innings. The Indian team was bowled out for 170 in the second innings.

New Zealand got the target of 139 runs, which they achieved after losing two wickets with an unbroken 96-run partnership for the third wicket between Kane Williamson (52 not out) and Ross Taylor (47 not out).


Kohli said, ‘Congratulations to Kane (Williamson) and the entire team of New Zealand. He showed great spirit and achieved the result in a little more than three days. They put us under pressure. They deserved to win.

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‘New Zealand followed the strategy’
He said, ‘New Zealand bowlers executed their strategy well. We scored 30 to 40 runs short. The Indian captain said that his team’s rhythm was disturbed due to the interruption of rain.

“The first day was washed out by rain, and when the game resumed, it was difficult to find the rhythm. We lost only three wickets, but we could have scored more runs if the game went on smoothly.

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Kane Williamson praises Kohli
New Zealand captain Williamson heaped praise on Kohli and the Indian team and called it a special feeling to be champions. Williamson said, ‘I express my gratitude to Virat and the Indian team. They are an incredible team, we knew how challenging it would be. I am happy that our team was able to register a win.

happy to be the first winner
“It’s a very special feeling,” he said. For the first time in our cricket history we have won a world title. Every player who has been associated with our team in the last two years has played a part in this. This is a special achievement. Taylor said that he would remember the victory as one of the highlights of his career.

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“It rained a lot in the match but I can never forget the way our team came back from the initial struggle and came out victorious,” he said. There is no doubt that the pressure was enough but we batted accordingly.

‘Wanted to bid Watling farewell with victory’
Team’s lead bowler Tim Southee said the players wanted a happy ending to the journey that began two years ago. Saudi, who took four wickets in India’s second innings, said, “We started this journey two years ago. It is special to sit here as a champion. It has taken a lot of hard work. It is satisfying to have what we have. Our two best batsmen were at the crease so we were calm. We wanted (VJ) Watling’s cricket career to end with a happy ending to this tour. Watling had already announced that he would retire from his international career after the WTC final.

Watling said, ‘Our team has been working hard as a group for a long time and it has a satisfying ending in this way. I am very happy that I am ending my career as a champion. I had never imagined it.’

Jamieson named man of the match
Kyle Jamieson was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant bowling. “It’s a big moment for us,” he said. We knew that the first hour of play would be important for us today. We bowled in the right places. We knew that if we bowl the right length, it will ease our way to victory. I feel good that I contributed to the team’s victory.