Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir feels New Zealand was the most consistent side in last year's ICC ODI World Cup and deserved to be the joint winner of the tournament alongside England.
In the epic final at the Lord's, New Zealand lost to hosts England on boundary count-back after scores were tied even after the super over.
"There should have been joint World Cup winners last time around. New Zealand should have gotten that tag of being world champions, but it was unfortunate," the cricketer-turned-politician said on Star Sports' show 'Cricket Connected'.
The 38-year-old former India opener believes the Black Caps have been putting up impressive performances in the World Cups but have never got the credit they deserve.
"If you see their overall record, they have been very consistent. For the last one World Cup, and the World Cup before that, they were the runners-up and they have been very consistent.
"I think they have been very competitive in every condition they have played. We don't give them enough credit," Gambhir said.
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“I am severely disappointed in England’s withdrawal but it was expected because this western bloc gets united unfortunately and tries to back each other,” Ramiz said in a video message.
Just hours before the start of the first ODI at Rawalpindi on Friday, New Zealand called off the Pakistan tour which was to comprise three ODIs and five T20Is, citing security concerns.
"The ECB have received a threatening email relating to NZC. Although this did not specifically reference the White Ferns, it was treated seriously, investigated, and deemed not credible," the governing body said in a statement.