AB de Villiers, SA skipper: "Amazing game of cricket. Probably the
most electric crowd I have ever heard in my life. I guess the best team
has come out on top. We gave it our best. No regrets. We left it all out
there. It is hurting. It is going to take a while to recover.
all is we don't play for ourselves. The bigger picture is for the people
back home. We play for them. I hope they can still be proud of us.
"There have been great performances. I felt we had a wonderful thing
going. Had a great feeling. Don't want to single out any performance. To
the teams in the final, all the best."
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "Pretty amazing. South Africa gave as good as they got all day. Great advertisement for
cricket. Everybody involved will remember this for the rest of their
lives. Keep raining is what I thought when AB was going. Two very
"The way we kept giving it in the field, the way we
bowled, we did good. Even with the bat. We wanted to hang in till the
end. What a great innings from Grant. He came out of wilderness not long
"We had to generate some sort of run-rate early, that is what we
tried to go. Credit to South Africa the way they played tonight and
throughout the tournament. The greatest time of our lives. We have
enjoyed the experience.
"The crowds that have turned, the brand of
cricket we have tried to play. Hope the crowds are all dreaming the way
we are. gee it would be nice to win it. We don't mind whom we face in
"They are both quality sides, but we know if we play the way
we want to we are a good chance. Really proud to represent New Zealand."