Australia’s Test skipper Tim Paine has come out and apologized publicly after predicting that New Zealand would lose the World Test Championship (WTC) Final. He was frank in his assessment, admitting he got that one completely wrong.
Earlier, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman had infuriated New Zealand fans when he backed India to comfortably beat the Blackcaps in the marquee clash. Speaking to New Zealand’s radio station, Newstalk ZB, Tim Paine apologized to the Kiwi fans.
“We all get some wrong. I copped a bit from the Kiwi fans, so I thought I’d come on air and eat some humble pie. I thought the New Zealanders played outstandingly. It’s always a pleasure to watch the way they go about it,” he said.
Many termed the India and New Zealand final as a David vs Goliath clash, considering the contrasting resources available to both nations. Praising the Kiwis for their effort, Paine admitted he understood the magnitude of the win as he comes from a small state himself.
“For such a small nation – I’m from Tasmania, which is obviously our smallest resource state and we punch above our weight – so I certainly respect what the Kiwis do on an international stage,” he added.
Many pundits had backed New Zealand to win the final, considering the conditions on offer. However, Tim Paine decided to take a different route, saying: “My prediction is, India will win pretty comfortably if they play anywhere near their best