New Zealand team get warm welcome after finishing runners up in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: In Pictures

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Fans applaud the team for their heroic performance © Getty Images

The New Zealand cricket team, nicknamed Black Caps, were given a rousing reception from their home public after touching down at the Auckland airport. The crowd support was reflective of New Zealand’s fabulous performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 where they finished first runner-ups to Australia. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Top 10 most memorable moments

Unlike, other full member cricket teams, such enormous passion for the cricket team is a rare sight in the small island country. But after that stellar performance at the biggest stage, the crowd showed enthusiasm similar to that of their rugby side called All Blacks. Skipper McCullum met with his family as soon as he touched down. READ: Daniel Vettori retires

The team were given a warm reception by the people. There was plenty of autograph-signing and interaction with fans. Daniel Vettori, announced his retirement after reaching the Auckland airport. He and the rest of the team were in high spirits.