'Never experienced 139 runs taking so long': Tim Southee says feeling of winning WTC yet to sink in

Southee picked up four wickets in the second innings as New Zealand bowled out India for just 170 runs. Then Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor ensured that New Zealand did not have any hiccups in becoming the first-ever WTC champions.
Tim Southee celebrates the wicket of India's Mohammed Shami during the World Test Championship final match. (ANI Photo)
Tim Southee celebrates the wicket of India's Mohammed Shami during the World Test Championship final match. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jun 25, 2021 06:38 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, Southampton

New Zealand proved that they are the best Test outfit in the world when they defeated India in the final of the World Test Championship on Wednesday at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Kiwi fast bowlers wreaked havoc at the Ageas Bowl as they bamboozled the Indian batsmen with their pace and guile. While Kyle Jamieson was the pick of the bowlers in the first innings, Tim Southee was the chief tormentor for India in the second.

Southee picked up four wickets in the second innings as New Zealand bowled out India for just 170 runs. Then Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor ensured that New Zealand did not have any hiccups in becoming the first-ever WTC champions.

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Southee commented on the victory as he said that the World Test Championship triumph over the mighty Indian team will take at least a couple of weeks to sink in.

New Zealand defeated world number one India by eight wickets in the final here on Wednesday.

For Southee, it wasn't just about 15 players in the current squad.

"It is amazing to be part of this team. We have been working for this (WTC final win) for the last two years. Not only the 15 players but others probably in the last 5-6 years (have contributed) to get us to where we are now.

"It is very special. We had come very close to a few tournaments. It is yet to sink in and may take a couple of weeks."

Southee believes that the crucial wickets of India captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara on the final day had set up his side's triumph.

India lost Kohli (13 off 29 balls) and Pujara (15 off 80 balls) to a sensational Kyle Jamieson inside the first eight overs of the day before being all out for 170, giving the Black Caps just 139 runs to win the WTC title.

"We knew it was going to be tough on the final day, three results were possible then and the first hour to be crucial. But picking up the two wickets in that period was crucial in the end," Southee said in a video interview released by New Zealand Cricket.

"I have never experienced 139 runs taking so long (to chase down) and there was a lot of nervous energy in the change room."

Captain Kane Williamson (52 not out) and Ross Taylor (47 not out) took New Zealand home with a 96-run unbroken stand for the third wicket.

"We had two experienced guys among us who are synonymous with this team not only in the last two years but also probably in the last 7-8 years. To have them, it was very calming for the guys in the change room," said Southee who took five wickets in the match.

Opener Tom Latham said it has been "a massive ride" in the last two years.

"For me, to be involved in the 2015 and 2019 World Cup, to come so close and then come across the line here in a completely different format, a new format that hasn't been contested before is great.

"From our point of view to win a Test championship final was probably the biggest occasion. We played some really good cricket leading up to it."

On wicketkeeper BJ Watling, who announced his retirement during the WTC final, Southee said, "He is a champion bloke and he has given his best throughout his career. He deserved to finish like this."

"He's been the heart and soul of this group, he's often been the guy who goes unnoticed, he just goes about his business without any fuss.

"He's been the guy in the crisis for us, we are going to miss him," Latham added on Watling who has played in 75 Tests.

(with PTI inputs)

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