On July 14, England defeated New Zealand in a thrilling final on boundary count to clinch their first-ever World Cup trophy. The Black Caps missed their chance of lifting the World Cup trophy at the Lord’s balcony due to inferior boundary count after both the 50 overs and the Super Over ended in ties.
And at the post-match presentation ceremony, Kane Williamson was awarded the ‘Player of the Tournament Award’ and who better than Sachin Tendulkar would understand the NZ skipper’s plight. The Master Blaster was in a similar situation in the 2003 World Cup where he received the same award despite being on the losing side. Tendulkar had scored 673 runs in that tournament – still the most by any player in a single edition of a World Cup.
Williamson scored 578 runs in this year’s edition – the most by a captain in a World Cup breaking former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene record.
However, the picture of the two became the most shared photo on the internet and everyone was curious to know what did the legendary batsman told Williamson after the match.
Your game was appreciated by all and you had a great World Cup: Tendulkar to Williamson
Tendulkar has finally revealed that he did not speak anything related to the Super Over or the overthrow of the ball. “Your game was appreciated by all and you had a great World Cup.”
“The best thing about Williamson is the 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 told 100Mb.
He continued showering praises on the Kiwi leader saying, Williamson has a unique style of captaincy. “Williamson sees the game from an entirely different perspective. His field placements, bowling changes while defending a low score is commendable. Even when Jadeja was playing big shots in the semi-final, he was calm and in the end, the result was in his favour.”
The 46-year-old named Williamson the captain of his favourite XI of the 2019 World Cup, which includes five Indians.