After winning the inaugural ICC World Test Championship in Southampton, New Zealand players headed home with WTC mace and prize money of 1.6 million Dollars.
The Kiwis defeated Virat Kohli-led India by 8 wickets in the all-important final at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
The Black Caps on Friday took to their official Twitter handle and shared a couple of pictures of the Kiwi players flying back home after having a grand celebration.
The players also gave a nickname to the WTC mace, ‘Michael Mason’, incidentally a former pacer who represented New Zealand in just one Test.
“We had a great night. The guys were obviously pretty chuffed after a fantastic game of cricket … you combine such a special moment after two years of hard work,” Kane Williamson said after leading his side to the historic win.
“It was fitting to push the boat out a little,” the 30-year-old.”
On being asked about his health following the celebratory night, the Kiwi captain said, “My version of that might not be the same as some others I feel OK.”
Notably, Williamson didn’t board the flight with the rest of his teammates as he will stay back in the UK to represent Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred, which is scheduled to kick-off from July 21.
Devon Conway, Kyle Jamieson, and Colin de Grandhomme will also remain in England to play the Twenty20 Blast.