“WTC is extremely exciting for the game”, says BJ Watling as New Zealand won the marquee final


New Zealand Wicket-keeper batsman BJ Watling said that the WTC is really exciting for cricket & it puts a big responsibility on Test cricket.

BJ Watling’s remarks came just after New Zealand beat India by massive eight wickets in the final of the World Test Championship on Wednesday in Southampton. The WTC final was the last match in Watling’s International cricket career.  Earlier, BJ Watling has announced that after the completion of the marquee clash he will put a full stop to his international cricketing career.

“It has been a lot of hard work for a long time for our team as a group. And to get over the line like that was pretty enjoyable. Some of us very up at the top while few were down at the bottom. It was really fantastic that we finished the final with two of our best batsmen on the pitch that was still doing a bit. The WTC is an exciting game for cricket. It puts a big onus on the test game, & I am pretty stoked. I would try to thank my family back at home”, Watling said in the post-match conference.

“My mum has been a huge help through tough times. My wife Jess, two boys, Miller & Hudson. It has been a long time away from Home. We have had a pretty special group, & I am extremely happy to end it on a high”, added Watling.

New Zealand Captain Williamson & Taylor scored blistering knocks off 52 & 47 to take New Zealand over the finish line to clinch the inaugural season of the World Test Championship. Complete focus & sheer efforts on the Reserve Day helped the Black Caps to have an edge over India who fell cheaply in the second innings. New Zealand made complete use of its 32 runs lead & restricted India for 170 in the second innings to walk away with an average target of 139 runs. In the end, the kiwis’ batsmen showed great intent with the bat & ended up sealing a prestigious victory.

Earlier Tim Southee scalped four wickets to bundle out India for 170 in the second innings on the Reserve day. Kiwi’s lead of 32 runs meant that they require just 139 runs in 153 overs to win the inaugural WTC Final trophy. Williamson & Taylor with great determination stitched 96 runs stand to chase the target & guide Black Caps to a comfy win.

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