‘Better team won in the conditions’ says Ravi Shastri on New Zealand’s victory in the WTC Final

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Indian team head coach Ravi Shastri said that “big things don’t come easily” as he acknowledged that the Blackcaps were the better team in the World Test Championship final that his side lost after an especially poor batting performance. New Zealand won the game by eight wickets to deny another major title to Virat Kohli’s team. Kohli hasn’t won any ICC title yet.

In the final, India was bowled out for 217 runs in the first innings and 170 runs in the second innings, a decidedly below-par performance by a much-vaunted line-up. Ravi Shastri tweeted, “The better team won in the conditions, Deserved winners after longest wait for a World Title. A classic example of Big things doesn’t come easy. Well played, New Zealand. Respect.” Before Wednesday, New Zealand’s only ICC title came way back in 2000. The Kiwis suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the ODI World Cup of 2015 and 2019 after entering into the finals both the time.

Before this epic final, Shastri had suggested a best of three final for the coming edition of the WTC, saying a one-off game is just not enough to evaluate a team’s credentials. Also, Virat Kohli said that this one defeat will not define his team’s hard work of the past two years, including a remarkable away triumph over Australia despite an injury-ravaged squad.