Let’s not be this.
The Black Caps didn’t lose, they just didn’t win.
There is an enormous difference.
Relitigating rules, complaining about peculiarities of a unique sporting event situation and raging at how unfair it all was seems so petty and beneath the titanic competition we all witnessed.
I think this weird hyper competitiveness at all costs shit is pretty damaging, we were all privileged to the most incredible match of cricket in the history of the game & the humble grace our team played with tells its own victory.
This was no malicious under arm bowling game, we weren’t cheated by spite, every team knew the rules going in, luck favoured our opponents at crucial stages.
Luck doesn’t pick sides.
No one lost that World Cup final, on the day England was simply first amongst equals.
Jacinda Ardern was in TVNZ breakfast this morning suggesting that a parade would be too much, I think she is deeply wrong. We should give this team a parade, they might not have arrived with the cup, but they are still winners who did us proud.