Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand, spoke about his friendship with Virat Kohli, stating the two captains have known each other for a long time and are friends. Kohli and Williamson are known for their mutual respect, and their relationship shone brightly even after India’s loss in the World Test Championship final, as both leaders shared a heartfelt hug after a tense struggle on the field.
Kane Williamson has won the World Championship for the first time. Last week, New Zealand, led by Williamson, beat India by eight wickets to win the maiden ICC World Test Championship. At the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, New Zealand dominated in every aspect of the game, including bowling, fielding, and batting.
In 2019, Williamson came agonizingly close to winning the World Cup, but New Zealand lost due to the boundary count regulation. When New Zealand chased down India’s 139-run goal, Williamson was in the middle. Virat Kohli, India’s captain, greeted Williamson after the team’s victory. After winning the WTC final, a photo of Williamson hugging Kohli went viral.
Kohli and Williamson had previously met in the 2008 ICC U-19 World Cup in Malaysia when the latter had upset the Kiwis in the semifinals before going on to win the tournament by hammering South Africa in the final.
Williamson on Virat Kohli
When talking about the image, Williamson recently discussed his friendship with Kohli. Williamson stated they’ve known one other for a long time and referred to him as a “mate.”
“It was a great moment, you know, toe to toe, and obviously, Virat and I have known each other for a long time and we’re mates. And that’s always a great part of the sport as well that over the years you get the opportunity to meet people all around the world, form these different friendships through these different experiences you have had either together or against each other and often find a bit of common ground and share a few common interests and that’s quite special,” Williamson said.