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WTC win has made up for 2019 heartbreak: Ross Taylor

Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson remained unbeaten to ensure New Zealand won their maiden WTC title.

WTC Final 2021, WTC Final reactions, Kane Williamson, New Zealand WTC finalIndia's captain Virat Kohli, left, watches as New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson, right, and Ross Taylor celebrate their win. (AP Photo)

New Zealand middle order batsman Ross Taylor feels the World Test Championship (WTC) win has in all probability made up for the heartbreak of the ODI World Cup final two years ago.

It was England who had won the 2019 ODI World Cup final against New Zealand after a super-over tie.

“I guess at the start of my career, there was 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.

“Once the winning runs were hit, walking off with him (Willamson) and the discussions afterwards, it’s something that I’ll never forget.

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“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.”

(With PTI inputs)

First published on: 30-06-2021 at 19:45 IST
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