New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson finally opens up on his heartwarming hug with India Captain Virat Kohli after the WTC Final which went viral over social media.
Kane Williamson said that he has a good friendship & feels good about how sports brought the two of them close to each other. “Virat and I have known each other for a long time and we are mates. It’s always a great part of sports as you get the opportunity to meet people all around the world and form different friendships,” Kane Williamson told media in an exclusive interview.
Virat Kohli & Kane Williamson know each other for a long time. They first met each other in the 2008 ICC U-19 World Cup in which New Zealand locked horns with India. The match between the two teams in Malaysia saw team India defeating the Black Caps in the semi-finals & qualifying for the finals. Team India faced South Africa in the finals where they defeated the Proteas squad & won the ICC U-19 World Cup in 2008.
“Different experiences that you have either together or against each other. And often you find a bit of common ground and share a few common interests,” Williamson added. Besides sharing a cordial friendship, Virat Kohli & Kane Williamson has great respect for each other. Even after facing a humiliating eight runs defeat against New Zealand in the WTC Final, Kohli congratulated New Zealand for their historic win.
“Big congratulations to Kane and the whole team. They showed great consistency and heart to pull out a result in just over three days, sticking to their processes to put us under pressure. They deserved the win.” Kohli said
The WTC Final was not less than a roller-coaster ride for both the teams, with washed-out days & reserve day in the offering. However, due to consistency & determination, the Black Caps managed to win the WTC final by eight wickets. New Zealand took a 32 runs lead in the first innings after registering a total of 249 runs in response to India’s 217 all-out. However, in the second innings, India was wrapped up for 170 runs leaving New Zealand with an average target of 139 runs to win the marquee final.
Kane Williamson reckons that India had a fair chance to win the WTC Final. “India team counter-attacked after that, India had a fair shot too. The surface was offering to bowlers. It was intense for us,” he said.
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