Quite a good performance by team
Despite his team being overwhelmingly crushed by New Zealand during the tour, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today put up a brave front
Wellington: Despite his team being overwhelmingly crushed by New Zealand during the tour, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today put up a brave front, saying it was “quite a good performance” by his team in the Test matches.
It turned out to be a disastrous tour for India as they remained winless, losing the ODI series 0-4 and the Test series 0-1. The visitors ended the ignominious tour of New Zealand today by drawing the second and final Test here.
“Overall, quite a good performance. We have been improving right from South Africa. We have shown that we are a side that’s very talented,” said Dhoni at the post match presentation ceremony.
“We did well in the series, in this Test because we fought back pretty well ourselves. We bowled the right areas, which I think is very important on the flat wickets,” he added.
Having bundled out the Black Caps for 192 in the first innings and taken a 246-run lead, India looked like winning the second Test, as they reduced New Zealand to 94 for five in their second innings.
But Brendon McCullum (302) staged a remarkable fightback and together with BJ Watling shared a world record partnership of 352 runs for the sixth wicket to take the hosts to safety.
“In the first Test our second innings was brilliant. And then we came here won the toss and bowled really well in the first innings. In the second innings also we got a good start till Brendon and Watling came in. I don’t think it was bad bowling but it is just that they kept the good deliveries out,” the Indian skipper explained.
“Appreciate what Brendon and Watling did, soak up the pressure when we were bowling well and score freely once the bowlers tired,” he said.