New Zealand veteran batsman Ross Taylor has stated that the World Test Championship triumph against India has made up for the 2019 World Cup heartbreak. The Kiwis came up with a collective effort in the final as they went on to win the prestigious title by eight wickets.
New Zealand’s bowling was right on the money as they bundled out India for 217 and 170 runs in each of the innings. In fact, this was New Zealand’s first major title after winning the ICC knockout trophy back in 2000.
Meanwhile, New Zealand had lost the 2015 World Cup final against Australia. Subsequently, they were on the wrong side of the result when they lost the nail biting 2019 World Cup final against England on the basis of boundary count rule.
The Kiwis didn’t have the rub of the green on their side and it was a major heartbreak for them as they couldn’t win the World Champions tag.
“I guess at the start of my career, there were a few ups and downs. We played in a few inconsistent sides, but, no, I guess over the last few years, the team has built into a fantastic consistent side and after the heartbreak of the 2019 World Cup, this is definitely the highlight and I think probably makes up for that,” said Taylor in a virtual media interaction on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the experienced batsman added that he will never forget the celebrations and the discussion which the team did after winning the inaugural edition of World Test Championship.
“…Once the winning runs were hit, walking off with him (Willamson) and the discussions afterwards, it’s something that I’ll never forget.
“It was still touch and go when I went out there to bat; to get through that hard period and Kane”s been a fantastic captain and ambassador for the game and our country.
“And for him to be out there and on that last ball before, he sort of gave me a stare: ”Hurry up and finish it” so that he doesn’t have to. So it was nice to hit the boundary and celebrate what was a tough match with a lot of hard work over the last two or so years.”