New Zealand clinched the inaugural World Test Championship title defeating India with a comfortable eight-wicket win in Southampton, England on Wednesday. And although India lost, skipper Virat Kohli hugging his counterpart Kane Williamson after the loss is winning the internet, as fans collectively have dubbed it the best moment of the Test.
Both Kohli and Williamson have known each other since their U-19 days, and fans underlined their warm embrace as a testament to their sportsmanship. As the grand finale brought down the curtains on the two-year cycle of the WTC, fans took to social media to congratulate New Zealand.
It is the first major ICC trophy for the Black Caps, who had ended runners-up at the 2019 ODI World Cup after losing the final to hosts England. They had also lost the 2015 World Cup final to Australia.
Kohli was full of praise for his opponents. They showed great consistency and heart to pull out a result in just over three days, sticking to their processes to put us under pressure. They deserved the win. The first day got washed out, and when play resumed it was difficult to get any momentum, he said.
As the screen capture of the two skippers is now going viral, the touching moment has left many emotional.
Picture of d day 4 me, being humble even after winning d #worldtestchampionshipfinal as a Captain is a hallmark of a gentleman of a cricketer #Williamson Congratulations @BLACKCAPS on winning and tough luck team India, there is a need for few changes going ahead #WTCFinal2021pic.twitter.com/dsGCDImg6X
MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) June 23, 2021
Two greats with a lot of respect for each other #Cricket#WTCFinalpic.twitter.com/clM4nX2mi2
Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 23, 2021
This made me crynot the loss
Aishwarya Tripathi (@Aishwarya18__) June 23, 2021
Two Champs in Single frame but luck favours one that’s it. Congratulations NZ
Always feel like Williamson is very close to our people. Hard Luck Virat Kohli #WTC2021Final#IndVNzpic.twitter.com/Yrwc3OpVP0
Siva Harsha || S/H (@SivaHarsha_1) June 23, 2021
The mutual respect and admiration between Virat Kohli & Kane Williamson. #WTCFinal2021#INDvNZpic.twitter.com/FPIAlULby9
Vinesh Prabhu (@prabhu_vinesh94) June 23, 2021
Picture of the day #WTCFinal2021pic.twitter.com/wZYIJrMOJy
(@ThelnArticulate) June 23, 2021
Picture of the day. But it hurts.
This truly hurts a lot… But whatever it is,…. I Love You #CaptainKohli#ViratKohli#WTC2021Final#India#IndiaVsNewZealand#indiavsnz#WTCFinal#WTC21#WTC21final#WTCFinal2021#WTCFinal2021#WTCFinalpic.twitter.com/gbYVqE8j7y
Nilava Das (@NilavaDas02) June 23, 2021
This moment … This picture can make anyone emotional ….. Happy for New Zealand….. Hard luck Team India…#greatgamecricket@ICC@BCCI@BLACKCAPS@imVkohli#WTCFinal2021#worldtestchampionshipfinal#NZvsIND#WTC2021Final#KaneWilliamson#blackcaps#WTC21finalpic.twitter.com/EtfDO8tL2K
Anuj (@Anujgunakar) June 23, 2021
“THE LORD SAID, I forgive you, go out and enjoy for you have WON the of the ..picture says it all https://t.co/ySm1v8fZup
Hema Chhabra (@Cricketsports46) June 24, 2021
https://t.co/cYwpW8Onztpic.twitter.com/fK77oSVSsb
Patrick Jane (@Arjuncric) June 23, 2021
Virat Kohli tells Kane Williamson what he can do with the trophy afterwards. pic.twitter.com/3sETQTbiHs
Sidin (@sidin) June 23, 2021
Williamson: You know the difference between both of us?
Kohli: No, you tell
Williamson: I played a captain’s knock and you did bhangra steps pic.twitter.com/ciSmzqYDYZ
gajender (@gajender00) June 23, 2021

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