Lockie Ferguson, the New Zealand paceman, opened up to ICC 360 about the heartbreaking finale of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019.
New Zealand matched England to the very end – the scores were tied at the end of 50 overs as well as the Super Over – but lost the title on boundary count. While the game was an all-time classic, it was difficult a result for the Black Caps, and Ferguson is still struggling to sink it in.
"It was one of those games you really wanted to stand up and play a good game, and have your team get the win," he told ICC 360. "To look back on it, it's tough and probably is not going to sink in for a while. But at the same time, to get to a final like that and put on a performance like that, hopefully we can inspire the next set of Black Caps, and [hopefully] one day we'll get the trophy."
Ferguson, who finished the tournament as the second-highest wicket-taker with 21 scalps, then spoke about his own reasons for pursuing the sport. "New Zealand has got a rich history of successful sports teams," he said. "Of course, the All Blacks and the Black Caps are growing up too, you know. [They're] always punching above their weight, and I think that's inspired me as a kid to play for my country."
Full interview below.
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