India’s head coach Ravi Shastri on Thursday took to official Twitter handle and praised New Zealand players for their brilliant performance against the Virat Kohli-led side in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Chasing 139 runs to win on the Reserve Day of the final, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson (52*) and veteran batsman Ross Taylor (47*) stitched a match-winning 96-run stand to take their side over the line.
This was New Zealand’s second ICC title after the KnockOut Trophy victory in 2000.
Heaping praise on Kiwis, Shastri admitted that New Zealand were better than India.
“Better team won in the conditions. Deserved winners after the longest wait for a World Title. Classic example of Big things don’t come easy. Well played, New Zealand. Respect,” the 59-year-old tweeted.
Earlier, India skipper Virat Kohli blamed his batsmen for the team’s downfall in the WTC finale and even dropped a hint to change the current Test team.
“We will not wait for a year or so and have to plan ahead. If you see our white-ball team now, we have great depth and guys are ready and confident. The same thing needs to be done in Test cricket,” the 32-year-old said in a post-match press conference.
“Bring in the right people who have the right mindset to perform,” he added.
Both Kohli and Shastri were criticized by fans on social media after Team India’s defeat in another ICC event.