Kane Williamson was one of two captains involved in what has been widely described as one of the greatest cricket World Cup finals of all time which took place last year at the Lord’s. England managed to match New Zealand’s score which meant that the game became the first World Cup final, and in fact the first ODI match, to go into a Super Over.
Months after that match, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson revealed what made him choose Guptill and Jimmy Neesham for batting in the super over. The Blackcaps were given a total of 16 runs to chase from the super over. Jofra Archer was going to bowl the over as Williamson threw his last dice at the playing area.
“I had a very brief discussion with the coach Gary Stead. I had a few guys in my mind who could go out to bat as we were going to bat second in the Super Over. The decision to send out batsmen was dependent on how much we were chasing and who the bowler was probably going to be.”
It was a tough decision for the captain nevertheless. Guptill, who was the highest run-getter at the previous edition wasn’t in best of forms. Still, backing him up took a lot of guts for the New Zealand captain.
‘It was about giving yourself with the best possible opportunity, Neesham was hitting the ball very well throughout the World Cup and we all know how capable Guptill really is of hitting the ball out of the park, there was a short boundary on one side of the ground. They are both quicks between the 22 yards so this helped too,’ Williamson recalled.
Kane Williamson wasn’t required to come out to bat as Guptill got run out of the last ball of the over, with New Zealand level with England’s score of 15. The tie wasn’t enough for New Zealand, as England were declared champions due to a superior boundary count.
“I was padded up to come in at three, it was a different experience to be a part of, both Neesham and Guptill did a good job, Jofra Archer is a remarkable bowler, emotions were so high after the final, it was a long tournament when the time comes and it finishes, it`s like of a draining feeling as all of it finishes. The guys were filled with emotion after what really transpired.”