Kane Williamson admitted New Zealand's defeat against England in a World Cup final was ‘hard to swallow’ after his side were beaten on the count of boundaries.
New Zealand inched desperately close to lifting the trophy for the first time at Lord's after both the match and the six-ball shootout ended in a tie.
England had finished on 241 all out in reply to New Zealand's 241-8 and then both sides scored 15 in their super overs.
A tie in the super over meant that the World Cup winners were decided on the count of fours and sixes struck which led to England lifting the trophy for the first time.
Williamson conceded it was a hard thing to get over, but refused to condemn the ICC.
"What did they win it on, boundaries? While the emotions are raw it's pretty hard to swallow when two teams work so hard to get to this moment in time," he said.
"We had two attempts to separate us and still couldn't -- it is what it is, the rules are there at the start and they probably never thought they would have to use them."
New Zealand's woes increased as they were also on the losing side in the 2015 World Cup final against Australia and have never lifted the trophy.
It was especially hard for Williamson and his side after they twice came desperately close to beating England in the match and then the Super Over.
"Gutted, obviously. We put in a huge amount of work to get to the final and to pretty much do all we could," he said.
"I have spoken a lot about uncontrollables and there were a couple today which were hard to swallow.
"England are deserved winners, take nothing away from them. It's one of those things."
New Zealand qualified for the semi-finals on net run-rate after finishing on number 4 on the points table, sharing same number of points with Pakistan.
But they edged India in the semi-finals at Old Trafford and came so close of denying the tournament favorites their first World Cup win.
Williamson insisted he was proud of his team's inspiring performance, stating: "The margins are so small but what you walk away with is the amount of heart that the guys have shown throughout the campaign."