I am disappointed that we lost, but I am still proud of my boys. They are the most successful NZ one day team in history. They played aggressive, bold, entertaining cricket throughout the tournament, and they played it like gentlemen.
Brendon McCullum made a point of going over to shake Michael Clarke’s hand when Clarke got out, despite the fact we were facing a heavy defeat in the world cup final and all our players had been sledged all the way off the field. That is how cricket should be, and that is how people should be. You congratulate someone on a successful career or for a good contest.
We were unbeaten throughout the tournament until the final, in a series of games that were all more interesting to watch than the final, and not just because we were winning. But the point is, our team was so successful, without ever bragging or belittling the opposition.
The semifinal against South Africa was one of the greatest games I have ever had the pleasure of watching.
Brendon’s post-final interview was gracious, composed and likeable. He is rightly proud of the Black Caps, despite losing the final.
Aspects of the world cup NZ have won:
- % Gain in public support
- Team involved in most exciting games
- Most handshakes/hugs with opposition
- Most deflection by players asked to comment on their own excellent performance: “What a great 237!” “It was a team effort.”
- Popularising superman-style boundary saves
- Complimenting the opposition in post match interviews
- Most slips
- Best superhuman one-handed boundary catches by glasses-wearing 36-year-olds
- Most spectacular fielders to watch. All that rolling around.
- Least pain showed by a captain who nearly has his arm broken
- Best beards
- Best cheekbones
- Longest unbeaten run
-77 off 25
- Full member nation that had the most fun