NZ were ‘bit lucky’ to play the World Cup final: McCullum
Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum feels Kane Williamson and his men were a bit lucky to play the final of the 2019 World Cup in England. He believes the time has come for New Zealand to finally achieve something big.
The memories of the 2019 World Cup is still afresh for many people, after all, it was a dramatic tournament right from the beginning to the end. The winner of the tournament had to be decided with the boundary count rule in the end after the final between hosts England and New Zealand went down to the super over.
While many feels, England were lucky to win the World Cup in the end after some controversial decisions, McCullum on the other side feels his country were a bit lucky as well to actually get themselves in that situation.
The former Kiwi skipper, who is currently the head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) also said in a recent podcast that New Zealand need to achieve something really special with the kind of team they have right now.
“I know they got very close last year in the World Cup – but I did feel they were a little bit lucky there as well to actually get themselves in that situation. “I think they’re close to doing something really really special, and under Kane Williamson’s captaincy and under the leadership of some of the other senior players, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t,” he said.
McCullum also had words full of praise for Williamson and feels he is the right man for New Zealand, who can take the side to glory.
“I think they’re really well-led by Kane Williamson, someone who is a fantastic embodiment of what it’s like to be a Kiwi and he’s got a wonderful group of people around him. I think they believe now too – I think that’s the big key. For so long we were always just trying to peak occasionally because we didn’t feel we had the resources to compete with the bigger nations,” McCullum concluded.
New Zealand clinched a narrow victory against both Bangladesh and West Indies in the league stage, which made it easy in the world to qualify in the semi-final.