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by Manuj Sharma Sunday 29 March 2015
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum appeared a proud man after the World Cup final despite his side's seven-wicket loss to Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Reflecting on his side’s fantastic World Cup campaign, McCullum lavished praises on New Zealand team that made the World Cup final for the first time in tournament history.
“We are obviously not able to lift the trophy, but the brand of cricket we have played, we've entertained everyone and we walk away with our heads held high.“I am proud of all the guys in the team. We've still got some work do, but I am proud of what we've done.“It has been one hell of a ride for us.”
After remaining unbeaten throughout the tournament, New Zealand faced their first defeat which unfortunately for them had to be in the World Cup final.
While crediting his New Zealand for their performances, McCullum also heaped praise on his opponents who cruised to their fifth World Cup triumph.
“Throughout the tournament we played some outstanding cricket and we ran into an outstanding Australian team tonight who continued to see the way the international cricket.“Full credit to them. They are deserving champions.“Michael Clarke too deserves to bow out as a World Cup winning champion.“All the best to them. They were outstanding in the tournament and deserved to win.”
McCullum, who had given New Zealand brisk starts throughout the World Cup, couldn’t get going in the big game as he was clean bowled without troubling the scorers by Mitchell Starc.Despite a partnership between Grant Elliott and Ross Taylor, New Zealand lost the plot from the batting powerplay onwards losing their last seven wickets for just 33 runs.“It was a quick one (referring to his dismissal).“It got unfolded after that, not the way we planned but we got ourselves into the game, probably 3 for 150 but Australia got back in the game and took 7 for 30 and that put us under lot of pressure”
McCullum insisted that his team didn’t lose hope even after putting up a paltry score of 183 on the board.“Still thought 180 was there enough to dream.“Had couple of things went our way who knows what we would have ended up.”The 33-year-old who was leading New Zealand in a World Cup for the first time seemed immensely proud of his team’s performance throughout the tournament despite failing at the final hurdle.“We were second best team on the day and credit to Australia.“No regrets, this is the greatest stage that you can ask for as a cricketer."New Zealand’s opening batsman Martin Guptill managed individual glory as he became the highest run-scorer in the tournament during his knock of 15 in the final.
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