Former New Zealand great Sir Richard Hadlee has hailed Kane Williamson-led New Zealand side as the best in their cricket history, stating that the way they’ve excelled in the format in the past two years is just outstanding. Yesterday, New Zealand defeated India in the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final and were crowned as the World’s First Test Champions. Moreover, this was New Zealand’s first ever ICC Title.
“This is a special day in the history of NZ cricket, a day to celebrate the magnificent achievement of winning the inaugural World Test Championship,” Hadlee said in a statement.
“It was a thrilling Test match, with twists and turns throughout…it was a dominant BLACKCAPS performance over a very good Indian team. Over the years NZC have built a significant depth of players, which makes us one of the most competitive teams in world cricket.
Hadlee was the first bowler in cricket history to take 100 Test wickets and rightly so, he has called the team best in the nation’s cricketing history. “Over the past two years, the BLACKCAPS performances in the Test arena have been outstanding with Test match and series wins at home and abroad, and they thoroughly deserve to be crowned world champions,” he said.
“The whole team has shown a high degree of professionalism. Their skill sets have complimented each other to make them a complete playing unit.”
“The management and support staff have also played important roles in preparing players to perform at the highest level,” he added.