The supporters of New Zealand team were left unhappy after their performance in the final of the T20 World Cup 2021 against Australia in Dubai. Gautam Gambhir was also among those many who felt New Zealand didn’t play well.
Australia elected to bowl first in the final and didn’t allow New Zealand batters to break free as they managed only 57 runs in the first ten overs while losing only one wicket. If it wasn’t for Kane Williamson’s brilliant batting display in the final, New Zealand couldn’t have gone near the total of 172/4.
Australia chased down the target comfortably with eight wickets in hand and seven balls to spare. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh scored match-winning fifties to guide Australia to their maiden T20 World Cup title in Dubai. Kane Williamson’s effort of 85 runs went in vain.
Gautam Gambhir mentioned he was supporting New Zealand as his second team and was left unhappy with their performance in the final.
“My favourite side after India (for the T20 World Cup) was New Zealand. Seeing them bullied around like an apprentice wasn’t a pleasant experience,” wrote Gambhir in his column for TOI.
“They batted very well to score 172 for four. More often than not this kind of score isn’t that tough to defend, especially with a balanced attack like that of New Zealand. But clearly the occasion got to them as they didn’t look the same team that beat India or England in the semis.” he said.
He then added that he would have “demanded a refund seeing my team all over the place in second half.”
“New Zealand is one team that prides itself on meticulous planning, clear role definitions, precise execution and all this without any fanfare…If I was a New Zealand supporter, I would have demanded a refund seeing my team all over the place in second half. It wasn’t a performance worthy of a final,” opined Gambhir.