JOHANNESBURG – Forgive me. Put it down to withdrawal symptoms, but days later, I still can’t get that World Cup final out of my head.
Naturally moments from that match will keep emerging over the next few weeks, months and even years. Less than 12 hours after its conclusion there was already the news that the umpires may have given England one more run than the rules dictate following that deflection off Ben Stokes’ bat that went to the boundary.
Yesterday it emerged Stokes had asked the umpires to remove the four runs that resulted from that deflection, something the officials couldn’t do because it went against the rules of the game.
For all the excitement and controversy that match generated, the element that has stood out is New Zealand and in particular their skipper, Kane Williamson’s grace, humility and sportsmanship. It’s easy to talk about those things, quite another to live it, as the Kiwis seemed to do.
Quite a few people across various media platforms have wondered what it is about New Zealand that has seen it produce a sporting leader like Williamson and a prime minister like Jacinda Arden. One Englishman, worn down by having to endure Boris Johnson, Theresa May and Nigel Farage on a daily basis explained he’d be happy to swap the World Cup for Arden.