New Zealand should have been joint winners of 2019 World Cup: Gautam Gambhir

Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir feels New Zealand was the most consistent side in last year’s ICC ODI World Cup and deserved to be the joint winner of the tournament alongside England.

In the epic final at the Lord’s, New Zealand lost to hosts England on boundary count-back after scores were tied even after the super over.

“There should have been joint World Cup winners last time around. New Zealand should have gotten that tag of being world champions, but it was unfortunate,” the cricketer-turned-politician said on Star Sports’ show ‘Cricket Connected’.

The 38-year-old former India opener believes the Black Caps have been putting up impressive performances in the World Cups but have never got the credit they deserve.

“If you see their overall record, they have been very consistent. For the last one World Cup, and the World Cup before that, they were the runners-up and they have been very consistent.

“I think they have been very competitive in every condition they have played. We don’t give them enough credit,” Gambhir said.

Gambhir recently recalled occasions when ‘Captain Cool’ MS Dhoni let it rip while at the helm of the Indian team.

The 38-year-old Gambhir, who played 58 Tests and 147 ODIs for India, revealed that on a couple of occasions he saw the veteran wicket-keeper batsman lose his cool.

“People say that they have never seen him (Dhoni) lose his cool, but I have on a couple of times. It was during the 2007 World Cup and in other World Cups, when we haven’t done well,” Gambhir said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.

But in the same vein, Gambhir also said that Dhoni was a human and was bound to react as well.

“He’s human and he’s bound to react as well. It’s absolutely fair enough to do that. Even at CSK, if there’s a misfield or if someone has dropped a catch.,” added Gambhir.

Gambhir, who was often known to lose his cool, said that Dhoni was cooler than him.

“Yes, he’s cool, he’s probably much cooler than the rest of the other captains. Much cooler than me for sure!,” said Gambhir, who also played under Dhoni.

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