New Delhi: Skipper Kane Williamson expressed his thoughts about the much-anticipated ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final between New Zealand and India.
Speaking about the nerves, knowing that in a few weeks’ time his Kiwi side will be playing a final against India, the Blackcaps captain said that “there is a carrot at the end that has taken a long time”.
“Yeah, the two Tests against England before the WTC final are important matches and ones the guys are looking forward to. But naturally, there is a carrot at the end that has taken a long time to, I suppose, to accumulate points and have the opportunity to be involved in it. To get that chance is exciting and the guys know it. You know it’s sort of the third Test match of the mini-series I suppose, and they are really excited to be involved,” Williamson was quoted as saying by ICC.
Williamson also spoke on the topic of what will it mean for New Zealand if they win the World Test Championship.
“It is something new and different. They have looked to bring about more context to the Test format and I think we saw it at the end of the competition, teams trying to push their case for qualifying which made way for a lot of exciting results. We saw in Australia, in New Zealand, a lot of teams had a chance to get through,” Williamson said.
“I thought it proved to be great adding that context and for us to see ourselves in the position we are in the finals now. It is exciting. We are looking forward to that when we are taking on the top-rank side in the world. We know how strong they are and the depth they have. So exciting to be playing against each other at a neutral venue,” he added.
On the topic of going up against an old friend Virat Kohli in the WTC final, the Kiwi star said: “Yeah, hard case. Over the years, we have played against each other in so many different levels and competitions and have known each other fairly well. So, it will be quite cool walking out there, doing the toss and having a bit of contact in the first Test Championship Final.”
The World Test Championship Final will take place from June 18-22 at Rose Bowl Stadium at Southampton.