The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final was played between England and New Zealand at Lord’s, London. Batting first, the Kane Williamson led side scored 241/8 in their 50 overs.
In response, England’s scorecard read the same at the end of the play, i.e. 241 runs, meaning a tie. Thus, the match went into the super over to decide the winner. However, the super over too ended in a tie with both the teams scoring 15 runs. Eventually, England were declared the winners since they had scored more boundaries compared to the Kiwis.
Equal runs yet on the losing side
Even after scoring the equal number of runs in the super over when the Kiwis failed to cross the line, many Kiwi players looked disappointed. In fact, Martin Guptill was spotted crying on the field. However, Kane Williamson, after initial moments of disbelief, conducted himself with immaculate composure and responsible maturity and even donned a smile on his face in the post-match presentation.
After seeing this avatar of Kane, social media could not help but salute the very picture of decency, humility and sportsmanship- Kane Williamson.
Kane Williamson is still having a smile in his face after losing a world cup final after a tie in super over.
Incredible Kane. pic.twitter.com/eOcsjh8Akm
— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) July 14, 2019
The guy should be the world’s president and CEO. https://t.co/iwLPvvv8Co
— Rahul Desai (@ReelReptile) July 14, 2019
They had to nudge him to talk about those four overthrows, and all he said was: “Was a bit of a shame, ain’t it”. What a man Kane. Your stature grew hundred-fold in the eyes of every cricket fan today. #CWC19
— cricBC (@cricBC) July 14, 2019
This was not a day for the nice guy. Neither Federer nor Kane Williamson.
— Naomi Datta (@nowme_datta) July 14, 2019
My heart goes out to Kane Williamson and @BLACKCAPS. But congratulations for playing with dignity and class. You made a lot more friends and did your country proud.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 14, 2019
England became World Champions for the first time
Playing their fourth World Cup final, England became the World champions for the first time. Although England won the finals, the Kiwi players won the hearts of sports lovers across the globe with their play, dignity, and sportsmanship.
That Cricket is gentleman’s game was on absolute display at the Lord’s on 14 July, 2019