ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Grant Elliott to skip sister’s wedding due to final, but will gift her honeymoon package

New Zealand’s all-rounder Grant Elliott made headlines on Tuesday when he led his team into the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 after a match-winning unbeaten 84 against South Africa at Eden Park in Auckland. In the press conference, a humble and shy Elliott revealed about his sister’s wedding and said he would be missing the event but will have to present her a big gift.


With Elliott skipping the wedding on Saturday, he pledged to pay for Kate Elliott’s honeymoon according to report in PTI. Kate said she realised the significance of the date when she booked her wedding venue 12 months ago but she felt the chances of her brother making it to the New Zealand team were slim, let alone playing in the final. With a certain Jimmy Neesham in the reckoning, it did come as a surprise to everyone when Grant Elliott was picked up. (Grant Elliott provides cricket another ‘Spirit of the game’ moment)


“(The booking) was on the Saturday before the final of the World Cup, I had to ask him, ‘What are the chances?’ At that time he wasn’t in the squad, and he said that he didn’t think he would be called up. I booked it and he gave me his blessing,” she said. (Grant Elliott: A surprise selection that stood up at the direst of situation)


Kate said that Grant now won’t make it to the big day but had promised her and fiancé Dean Plews a honeymoon to the destination of their choice if New Zealand win the World Cup. “We will hold him to that. I told him before he left, ‘go and win it now, not because of the honeymoon, but just go smash it’,” she said.


Kate was at the ground and watched her brother’s match-winning feat live and screamed in delight. “It was mixed emotions; he won’t be able to see us on the day and we are such a close family,” she said ahead of the wedding, which will take place at Waiheke Island, off the Auckland coast.


“But I saw his face on the big screen again and he just had the biggest smile. From the beginning I said if you can reach your dream that would be incredible, I’ll be happy for you,” she concluded.