Sachin Tendulkar reveals what he said to Kane Williamson after his team’s agonising loss in the 2019 World Cup finals at Lord’s
New Zealand’s agonising loss in the 2019 World Cup final at Lord’s on virtue of boundary count was one of the most harshest of experiences especially for New Zealand’s players and the ardent fans of the game.
Yet, despite almost everything going against them, particularly in the last half-an-hour of the game, the Kiwi skipper won ‘n’ number of hearts with his inexplicable display of sportsmanship and graciousness after defeat post the match with each of his replies to questions put before him.
Terrific knock & excellent effort by @benstokes38, especially given the pressures of the World Cup Final.
Special talent!#KaneWilliamson continues to impress. Loved the way he played & carried himself & his team right through the #CWC19.#ManOfTheMatch #ManOfTheTournament pic.twitter.com/LtXvkg3hCT
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 14, 2019
Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, who was present on the podium to hand over the various awards to players during the prize distribution ceremony, had a brief chat with Williamson after giving him away the ‘Man of the Tournament’ award, becoming only the second captain in the history of the marquee tournament to achieve it.
What did Sachin Tendulkar say to Williamson?
The Master Blaster, via his official 100 mb app, revealed what he had told to the Kiwi skipper after giving him away the award. “Your game was appreciated by all and you had a great World Cup,” said Tendulkar who perhaps empathised with what Williamson was going through as he too had, in the 2003 World Cup bagged the ‘Man of the Tournament’ award after India too, lost that World Cup final.
In 10 ODIs, Williamson scored 578 runs at an average of 82.57 and a strike rate of 74.96 including two centuries and half-centuries each. His record also made him end the tournament as the fourth-highest run-scorer (behind Rohit Sharma, David Warner, Shakib Al Hasan).
Williamson’s prowess in the tournament can be judged from him scoring more than 225 runs than the next best New Zealand batsman in Ross Taylor (350). From providing rescue acts to standing alone for New Zealand, the 28-year old cricketer was seen doing it all for his team.
“The best thing about Williamson is his ability to stay calm. He doesn’t lose his composure in any circumstances. It was unfortunate that he could not win the World Cup but it did not reflect on his face,” Tendulkar further added.
Tendulkar had also picked Williamson as the captain of his 2019 World Cup team.