Our Boys Are Devastated at The Moment: Kane Williamson
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who was adjudged player of the tournament, said his team showed great heart to reach their second consecutive World Cup final, adding the players are shattered to come so close to winning their maiden crown.
Williamson, who finished with 578 runs and received the award from batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, became the captain with most number of runs in a single World Cup. But nothing could wipe the gloom from his face in the end as the Kiwis lost by the faintest of margins.
"The pitches have been different to what was expected. No 300+ totals as expected. The NZ side showed a great amount of heart to get us to this point, but it just wasn't meant to be,” added Williamson
During the run chase, the ball hit Stokes' bat and went for four for which Stokes apologised to Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson.
Stokes immediately got up and apologised with both his hands raised. He later said he would forever be sorry about that to Williamson.
The bowlers really put the batsmen under pressure. It had to go down to the last ball, and then the last ball of the next little match, but a great match all round," Williamson said about their total and then the bowling effort.
In the Super Over, chasing 16 for victory, Kiwis sent left hander Jimmy Neesham and right-handed opener Martin Guptill who matched the score but fell behind due to less number of boundaries hit to England.