New Zealand are the unluckiest team in world cricket losing two consecutive ICC World Cup finals – against Australia in 2015 and then England in 2019. Brendon McCullum, who was the skipper of the Kiwi side in 2015 has reflected on the defeat saying that he has no regrets over the defeat at the hands of Australia in the ICC World Cup 2015.
After defeating South Africa, the Kiwis played tournament hosts and favourites Australia in the grand finale at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). New Zealand were eying to lift the series after playing an aggressive brand of cricket but the hosts Aussies sank all their hopes in front of a jam-packed crowd.
Brendon McCullum, who announced his retirement after the World Cup, feels that he wasn’t a wee bit nervous, but somehow, McCullum forgot about the basics of cricket in that game. The swashbuckling wicket-keeper batsman could only manage a duck in the title clash.
“You can’t have regrets. It is what it is. I had dreamed that dream so many times; I was super excited, not nervous at all. The thing I forgot is, I forgot to watch the ball! I’d done everything else to be able to live that dream but then in that moment I just forgot the most basic aspect of cricket,” McCullum was quoted as saying in the latest episode of Captain’s log podcast series.
Grant Elliot although played a heroic innings to propel New Zealand to a respectable total but Australia skipper Michael Clarke played a captain’s knock to take his side home.