13 May, 2021

World Cup Diary

Joanna Kempkers, New Zealand High Commissioner to India, writes a diary about the event of grit, drama and emotions- Cricket World Cup 2019 final.

Illustration by Saahil
World Cup Diary
A Final of Champions

It was to be historic no matter which team won the final—for both New Zealand and England it would have been a maiden World Cup win. The match was historic all right. For the first time in its 44-year history, a World Cup final was tied. For the first time, we had a Super Over to decide which team was more deserving of the cricketing world’s most coveted trophy. Except, that too led to a tie. In the end, for the first time ever, the World Cup went to the finalist who had scored more boundaries. Be still, my thumping heart. But rules are rules, and they are the same for both teams.

In England, Versus England

For Kane Williamson and the Kiwi team, the final was always going to be special: they were playing England, the world’s best-ranked ODI team, at Lord’s, the home of the game. They were the proverbial David, as fans bet on England but supported New Zealand. Both sides put up a...

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