Breed of the dog doesn’t matter: Kane Williamson on underdog tag for World Cup 2019 final

first_imgNew Zealand have belied all expectations by reaching the World Cup 2019 final where they will face England at Lord’s on July 14. As is almost always the case with New Zealand, they are considered ‘dark horses’ and ‘underdogs’ before the start of every ICC tournament. But the failure to win a single World Cup trophy has long haunted the Kiwis. However, all that could change when Kane Williamson leads his side on Sunday at Lord’s.When asked at the pre-match press conference, whether his team were comfortable with the oft-repeated tag of underdogs, Williamson wryly replied that it didn’t matter to his team which breed of dogs they were as they were only focussed on playing good cricket. Williamson went on to add that such a tag doesn’t mean anything as during the tournament every team got beaten at least once.”Whatever dog we are, the focus is on playing good cricket. Anyone can beat anyone, we’ve seen that already. Regardless of what breed of dog you are,” said an amused Williamson.The canine reference appeared to amuse the Kiwi skipper who was also asked how it would feel to play party-pooper in a match which would be broadcast free-to-air on TV.”Party-poopers? You talking about dogs again, hey?” he said with a smile.”Look, we are really looking forward to the occasion and the end point and the result…focussing too much on it, I don’t think, is a positive thing.”England have a negative head-to-head record of 3-5 against New Zealand but their 119-run thrashing of the Black Caps in the group-stages should give them a lot of confidence. It’s not going to be easy though as both teams will be bidding for their first World Cup title.advertisement”I haven’t allowed myself to think about lifting the trophy. Sport, in particular, is very fickle. If you ever get ahead of yourself, it bites you on the backside,” Eoin Morgan told reports in London on the eve of World Cup 2019 final.”It means a huge amount to me and everyone in the dressing room. It’s a combination of four years of hard work, dedication and it presents a huge opportunity to win the World Cup. We have had huge backing throughout the tournament,” Morgan added.Also Read | Come on England: 101 former cricketers wish their team good luck ahead of World Cup 2019 finalAlso Read | Always feared England would produce their best on the biggest stage: Allan Borderlast_img

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