Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri took to Twitter to praise Kane Williamson and pay his respect to Kiwi skipper's remarkable behavior and graceful conduct after a gut-wrenching defeat against England in the World Cup's greatest summit clash.
Williamson, who finished with 578 runs (most number of runs in a single World Cup by any skipper), showed great heart as he walked away without making any controversial remarks about the result and rules. It was really great of Williamson to act do gracefully despite losing the WC and coming so close to winning their maiden crown.
"Your composure and dignity viewing the sequence of events was remarkable. Your dignified grace and silence 48 hours since is simply remarkable. We know you have one hand on that WC. You not just Kane. You Kane and Able. God bless. #CWC19."
Your composure and dignity viewing the sequence of events was remarkable. Your dignified grace and silence 48 hours since is simply remarkable. We know you have one hand on that WC. You not just Kane. You Kane and Able. God bless. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/cLS4cabttu— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) July 16, 2019
"It certainly wasn't one extra run. There were so many moments that could've gone either way, but congratulations to England - they've had an incredible campaign and they deserve it," WIlliamson said at the gala post match presentation ceremony.
"The pitches have been different to what was expected. No 300+ totals as expected. The NZ side showed a great amount of heart to get us to this point, but it just wasn't meant to be.
"The guys are shattered at the moment - it is devastating. It's pretty tough to swallow at this stage. But a fantastic effort from our guys," he said.
During the run chase, the ball hit Stokes' bat and went for four for which Stokes apologised to Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson.
"It was a shame that the ball hit Stokes' bat, but I just hope it doesn't happen in moments like that. I don't wish to nitpick, just hope it never happens in such moments ever again," Williamson said of the incident.