Before the start of the semifinal clash between India and New Zealand in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, a controversy erupted with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) being accused of changing the pitch at the last minute. Some experts alleged that India made the change in order to tilt the equation in their favour a little.
However, When New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was asked about the same in the post-match press conference, he played down the chatter.
Williamson admitted that it was a used wicket. However, the Kiwis had no objection as it was a good one.
“Yeah it was a used wicket, but a pretty good surface really, as we saw. I mean, they got plenty out of it in the first half of the match. And conditions, I guess they change as they go under lights and things, and that is what we have seen throughout this competition. That’s fine, that’s what you expect and they played really well. So yeah, I mean it’s disappointing to get to this stage and not go further, but also at the same time you sort of reflect on the seven weeks rather than a couple of small moments and we lost to a better side,” said Williamson in the presser.
Williamson also said that India is the best team in the world and the Men in Blue will enter the final of the mega event with full of confidence.