World Test Championship: No parade needed for 'humble' world-beating Blackcaps insists coach Gary Stead

New Zealand's newly crowned world test cricket champions will come crashing back to earth quickly, after their historic victory over India at Southampton's Aegas Bowl.

Within 24 hours of the eight-wicket triumph, the Blackcaps are due to board a plane back home - with two weeks in COVID-19 quarantine awaiting.

Fittingly, after a two-year campaign impacted by the global pandemic over the past 18 months, the winners will have plenty of time to reflect on their success and plan their futures, but by the time they emerge, the nation will likely have moved on from this glorious moment.

Coach Gary Stead seems comfortable with that and insists his team would too. Certainly, the idea of a public parade for the all-conquering cricketers doesn't sit well with Stead's low-key personality.

"No, I don't think we really expect or want that either," Stead has told The AM Show. "I think we're just humble guys out here, trying to do a role and make Kiwis proud.

"I know we have today and that's pretty special."

Within minutes, the Blackcaps' achievement was acknowledged by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who hints some form of public accolade would be appropriate.

"The Blackcaps have made New Zealand proud," she says. "This was a masterful performance from a team at the top of their game and on top of the world;

"Kane Williamson and the team leadership have built a brilliant and humble squad, who have become an inspiration to many New Zealanders.

"Over a number of years now, we have seen the development of a team and team culture that has taken New Zealand cricket to world-beating heights.

"This victory is the well-deserved culmination of that work. We look forward to welcoming the team home and celebrating their success."

Stead inheritted an already successful national side from Mike Hesson in 2018, and - with captain Williamson - simply continued that momentum, guiding them to the the World Cup one-day final and No.1 on world test rankings.

That World Cup countback defeat to England still rankles Kiwi sports fans, but this result in cricket's purist form surely goes some way towards alleviating that regret.

"I don't know if the occasion will really sink in for a few days yet and how we've gone about winning a test match like this," says Stead. "Test matches are hard to win.

"They're very difficult and it takes a lot of people to contribute over that period of time, and I think we did that really well in this test match."

Williamson and veteran Ross Taylor - New Zealand's two most prolific test runscorers - were at the crease to see their team home at the end. Both entered the match with questions marks hanging over them - Williamson with an elbow injury and Taylor battling spotty form - but the outcome could not have been in safer hands.

"Ross has been here the longest out of anyone," reflects Stead. "He's been here in some pretty dark times as well, so for him get through - and to see the guys' emotion at the end - was pretty special too.

"We've loved the support we've had back from New Zealand. It's been awesome that New Zealanders have got in behind us, when it's a pretty dark winter back there as well."

Stead shrugs off the prospect of a huge U$1.6 million (NZ$2.2m) payout for the winners.

"I actually don't know what it's worth to the team," he says. "We just try and play cricket really, and let those things take care of themselves."