The New Zealand Cricket Team has bagged the MCC's Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Award for 2019 on Tuesday. The Black Caps received the honour for their sporting conduct in the aftermath of the World Cup final against England.
MCC President Kumar Sangakkara said, “The New Zealand team are worthy winners of this award. In the heat of battle, they displayed a level of sportsmanship that was fitting for such a fantastic final, and indeed tournament.”
“It is a testament to their squad that even after a match that will live long in the memory for the cricket that was played, we are still talking about the spirit of cricket. Their actions deserve this recognition,” he added.
The dramatic ICC World Cup 2019 Final
After losing to England in a thrilling final held on July 14 at the Lord's— regarded as one of the most exciting ODI matches of all time—Kane Williamson's team displayed an exceptional level of sportsmanship, humility and selflessness in defeat.
On an unforgettable day at Lord's, England won their first-ever men's World Cup, as they initially levelled the scores to tie with New Zealand at the end of the 50 overs before going on to tie the Super Over as well -- winning the tournament by virtue of striking a higher number of boundaries during their innings.
The Black Caps were widely praised for their sportsmanship in the immediate aftermath of the final, and their exemplary conduct towards opposition players throughout the tournament.