The global cricket fraternity was quick to applaud New Zealand after the perennial “good guys” of the game ended their major title drought with a hard-fought win over India in the World Test Championship final.
Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson steered New Zealand home, humbling India by eight wickets in the marquee clash on Wednesday.
Having lost the 2015 and 2019 World Cup finals, the latter on a bizarre boundary rule to England after 50 overs each and two super overs couldn’t split the two sides, “everyone’s second favourite team” finally crossed the final hurdle.
“Turns out the nice guys of world cricket can finish first after all,” wrote Stuff.co.nz. “Until now, it had been a case of close, but no cigar, for the Black Caps, widely dubbed the nice guys of world cricket and everyone’s second favourite…