Southampton: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson savoured his team's special win after they beat India in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final in Southampton on Wednesday.
Williamson became the second New Zealand captain to win a ICC trophy after Stephen Fleming (ICC Knockout Trophy) in 2000 as they chased down 139 on the sixth and final day in just over a session to be crowned the world champions in Test cricket at the Ageas Bowl.
"Very special feeling, a couple of close ones [in ICC finals], nice to get one under the belt. I'd like to thank Virat and the Indian team, they're an incredible team, we know how much of a challenge it would be. It was great, the heart our team showed to get across the line, great Test match.
"I've been part of [NZ cricket] for a short while, it's a very special feeling, the first time in our history we've come away with a world title. We've had 22 players over the last two years, and they've all played their part and the support staff and the guys who played this match, it's a special achievement to be savoured.
"We know we don't always have the stars, we rely on other bits and pieces to stay in the game and be competitive. We saw a lot of heart and commitment to our style of cricket in this game, we know how strong this Indian side is, in all conditions," Williamson said at the post-match presentation ceremony.