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‘Congratulations to Afghanistan, they simply outplayed us’ – New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson gracefully lauds rising nation post T20 World Cup 2024 game

'Congratulations to Afghanistan, they simply outplayed us' - New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson gracefully lauds rising nation post T20 World Cup 2024 game

Kane Williamson. (Source – Twitter/X)

Endeavouring to sustain humility and grace in victory within the realm of sports is undoubtedly challenging. Equally demanding, however, is the commendable task of acknowledging the opposition’s unwavering dedication and impeccable performance in triumphing over one’s team.

Individuals as sporting and humble as New Zealand’s skipper, Kane Williamson, are rare to find. Once again, he exhibited his gracious and soft-hearted demeanour by commending Afghanistan’s monumental achievement while also reflecting on his own team’s performance as well. The rising Asian side’s win was nothing short of historic, as they outmuscled the Kiwis to secure an overwhelming 84-run victory. Acknowledging the spirited Afghans’ dominance in all facets of the game, he praised their strategic retention of wickets until the end on a challenging Guyana pitch that was challenging for the batters.

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“Congratulations to Afghanistan, they simply outplayed us in all facets. To get a total like that on a fiddly surface, they kept wickets in hand and played it beautifully. With the bat in hand, you want to get a partnership together. They were excellent. The skill they have was certainly on show,” Williamson said during the post-match press conference.

Not over-analysing, but there are some things we need to address: Williamson

Alluding to the missed opportunities provided to the Afghan openers, who capitalized on New Zealand’s sloppy fielding to post a century stand, Kane Williamson acknowledged that winning was arduous given the rustiness displayed by the Black Caps on the field. He also placed responsibility on the batting department, which was dismissed for a meagre 75 runs while chasing a target of 160. Besides, the Kiwi skipper also emphasized the need to address prevalent issues before their next clash against West Indies in the T20 World Cup 2024.

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“Our performance wasn’t good enough. The fielding in the first ten overs, it’s difficult on a wicket like that when you are not putting things together in the field. The opportunities we had and didn’t take – on a surface like that, it goes a long way in changing the outcome. Not over-analysing, but there are some things we need to address,” Williamson concluded.

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