Wellington: Delighted after drubbing India 4-0 in the just-concluded ODI series, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum on Friday called it a ground-breaking triumph for his side and the most satisfying of his career so far.
New Zealand dominated the five-match series, the third game of which was a tie, even though India were considered hands-down favourites at the start of it. New Zealand’s fantastic run ended India’s reign at the top of the ODI rankings.
“From an ODI point of view, this series is the most satisfying I have been a part of,” said McCullum after the fifth and final ODI which New Zealand won by 87 runs.
“India arrived here as the No. 1 ODI team in the world and not many expected us to compete with them, let alone get a series white wash. We are delighted with the way we played in this series, especially on the back of fine performances from Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson, and also the way our bowlers stepped up. Overall, it was a ground-breaking series for us,” he added.
When asked pertinently if Team India had proven worthy opponents, McCullum said he respected Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men. “We didn’t allow them to play to their potential. But they are a very good team. The Indian cricketers all have proven careers and proven statistics over a period of time,” he said.
Man of the Match Taylor, who struck his second successive hundred on Friday, chose to credit Williamson for his performance.
“The way Williamson’s batted, five fifties in a row, he has done a wonderful job for us. We play different games. I scored a little quicker and then he caught up later and 300 was always going to be difficult to score,” he said.
“It’s a good sign that the new players come in and do well. Henry has a good future after this performance. India will come back hard in the Tests and we'll be ready for them but we will enjoy this victory tonight,” he stated. (PTI)