And after what New Zealand media quickly dubbed "The Manchester Miracle", the understated Williamson insisted the 2015 runners-up had every chance of going one better and winning their first World Cup title.
While Virat Kohli's men had been favourites to go all the way at the World Cup, their exit did not spark a furious response for fans back home who had been captivated by their run to the last four as the tournament's top team.
That Indian cricket team lost the crucial semi-final match to New Zealand on Wednesday have hurt millions of fans across the nation. "But the way they bowled in that first half an hour was the difference in the game", he said.
Asked what this win would mean for cricket in New Zealand, where rugby union's world champion All Blacks dominate the sporting scene, Williamson said: "I don't think it will change the number one sport".More news: Trump directs government to revamp care for kidney disease
"Because many players will not be able to process it".
Kohli felt India had taken a huge step towards the final when they restricted New Zealand to 239-8 at the conclusion of the Black Caps' rain-interrupted 50 overs - with the match carried over from Tuesday due to the bad weather. Everything has to be balanced, like we want it to be on the field.
"We are not shying away from accepting that we did not stand up to the challenge and we were not good enough under pressure".
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"But in time we will have to sit down and analyse things that we could have done right in this game. Accept the failure as it shows on the scoreboard".
India were down to 5/3 while chasing 240 but fighting innings from Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni saw India come excruciatingly close to the target.
"All these guys have a lot of pride and passion to play for their country and they are the ones who feel the most disappointed when a mistake happens".
Kohli also quashed any knowledge of Dhoni potentially retiring, saying the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has not spoken to him about his future plans.More news: Ariana Grande grieves Mac Miller’s death in new interview