New Zealand v India, 4th ODI, Hamilton January 28, 2014

Incredibly satisfying to lead 3-0 - McCullum


'Big win for us' - McCullum

Brendon McCullum has termed it "incredibly satisfying" to have defeated world champions India 3-0 in Hamilton with a game to go. The decisive win came on a Seddon Park pitch offering turn and bounce to the India spinners and McCullum said that was why it was an even more creditable achievement.

"First and foremost, to beat a very, very good team in India, and today as well in these conditions, I thought it was more favourable to them than what it was for us," McCullum said. "To win as emphatically as we did and continue the blueprint that we have shown with the bat built around Roscoe and Kane's performances in the last four games and to execute that again tonight and get the rewards for it is incredibly satisfying. The boys are very, very happy at the moment."

New Zealand have now beaten South Africa and England away and India at home in one-day series in the last 12 months. McCullum said sealing this one even before the fifth match in Wellington against what was the top one-day side when it came to New Zealand was quite something. "This is a big one for us. We are obviously proud with what we achieved in South Africa and England [in] those one-day series. Just focussing on the one-day game. But this one, the No. 1 ODI team in the world when they arrived here and how dominant their batting line-up is as well. To have tipped them up and be sitting after the fourth game at 3-0 is a pretty good achievement for us.

"We closed out the series which we have been talking about all the way through the summer, so really pleased with the effort tonight and how emphatically we did it as well in really tough conditions. And we still managed to see guys hold their heads and play an innings of true class. Really satisfying win."

After the match, a small group of fans stood outside the ground holding a banner that said "No Thanks" to the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECB. As laudable as the result on the field was for New Zealand, it also held a different significance, coming as it did just as the ICC met to consider the proposal to shift monetary and decision-making control to the three big cricket boards. Although McCullum would not comment on that aspect, he did say he was pleased that New Zealand had shown the world they could overcome top opposition.

"That's something we can't comment too much about, way above our head but what we can do is go about playing good cricket and trying to impose ourselves on the world game and show that we are capable of playing against the very best teams in the world and having success. I wouldn't say it was a motivating factor for us but we are just delighted to be able to play against a team of that class, come out on top and show the rest of the world that we are a very good team in our own conditions."

McCullum added it was important New Zealand pushed for making it 4-0 in Wellington, but felt tonight was the time for his men to soak in what they had accomplished. "That's what we want to strive for," he said. "But we won't let this opportunity to really enjoy what we have achieved pass us by either. I think it's a hell of an achievement, what we have done tonight. We will worry about the next couple of days tomorrow morning when we wake up. But we are obviously delighted at the moment."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Android on January 30, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    @Sixfourout Statistically speaking, you're right. But have a look at southee the bowler of 2009 and look at southee the bowler of 2014. You'll see a difference. He has the potential to be the best and he's working hard. The problem with NZ is the poor quality of team. From 2009 to 2013 the batsman haven't given the bowlers a total to defend. Same is the case with southee. His performances in past few years have been good.

    Mccullum is a good batsman but not in the league with Gilchrist or Dhoni. From 2002-2008 he batted at around no 8-9 in odi's. He is not someone you can look forward to grind or be the anchor. He wants the platform set so that he can launch attack on his own. He could simply have been sehwag had he been born in India. He played for a weak middle order and his team simply couldn't afford him failing. He bats well when he's in second fiddle example Macca's hundred in 2007, oram in 2006, taylor in this game etc.

  • A.J on January 30, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    @Shane Bond

    Yeah, I'm Australian, but I enjoy watching Kiwi cricket because of the underdog status and the past all rounders like Harris, Oram, Cairns and those tail order hitter.

    I think my point is more that McCullum has 4 hundred from 198 matches, which tells the story that he doens't win games and plays too much of a supporting role.

    Southee's record is poor: Out of 77 bowling innings he has taken 0 wickets or 1 wicket 44 times. That's terrible. He is more likely to be ineffectual than effectual.

    His average is very average and it's only under 35 because his first 5 games were a dream debut. The problem is, in six years he hasn't gotten any better.

    There's a problem in NZ and I've seen it for years and that is heavy praise for average returns, there's no better example than the cognitively dissonant buzz around Hamish (one innings) Rutherford.

    You need to expect batsmen to average 40+ and bowlers to average 30 or less. You can have some leeway for allrounders.

  • Sharad on January 29, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    I think NZ is a underrated team. But - they perform poorly abroad. They loose many games to countries such as India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. If NZ can win more games against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India they will be a force to reckon in cricket. I hope they take a lesson out of this series. If they bat well enough they can easily win world cup 2015. Brendan Mccullum should open because he is dangerous in opening. I don't know why he has stopped opening. Ryder needs to come later at no6 or no7. Ronchi and Anderson should be promoted at No 4 and 5 respectively. These two should play maximum overs rather than minimum overs. Bowling wise there is no need to play nathan mccullum. NZ should play 8 batsman.

  • Android on January 29, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    @Sixfourout Southee has done the best work in past few years after Steyn, Philander and Harris. He is a "swing" bowler and bowls well at death. Okay, don't believe me? Ask Allan Donald. The pitches used so far have been roads. And he's 25 year old.

    Mccullum won us many a games in past few years (6-7) but he is inconsistent. But he provides "Fear" with Anderson and Ronchi.

    I reckon you're either an aussie or Indian, right?

  • Dummy4 on January 29, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Its good to see NZ play such positive cricket . If you get the no.345 going you can expext agood game.As for India they have to seriously consider their pace bowlers line up.Their weakness has been exposed by the England and S.A. teams.Time is too short to get things right for India. May be its a learning curve for the pace, but what of the middle order batsmen ?Yet to see Shikar play his normal,so also Rohit,Rahane and Rayudu.It was wrong to open the batting with Kohli,bring in Pujara.

  • john on January 29, 2014, 8:00 GMT


    Agree with most of your points except bmac and ryder

    Bmacs form has been patchy at best in recent times, but he has a history of winning odi games, more than anyone else in the team, i'm not sure it is sensible to write him off as NOT being a match winner.

    Ryders form is not just a matter of slowing down, he has always got by on exceptional hand eye coordination. He will come off sometimes, but will probably lack consistency throughout his career because of his lack of foot work outside off stump, this is shown when you analyse his test career. Hopefully he will work on it but I am not sure it will ever improve, maybe we might have to settle for a modest version of sehwag

  • A.J on January 29, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    The reality is Williamson didn't convert any fifties into hundreds. If that was an Australian there'd be faint praise, but talk of not doing the job. He got lucky a lot and dropped a few times along the way. He has potential, but with his style, he can't be getting frustrated and swing out.

    Southee is an average bowler not the great new hope. A typical 10 over spell from him involves 12 really good deliveries, a few average ones and 12 really awful ones - He doesn't build pressure, he needs more consistency to match the hype the kiwis seem to bestow upon him.

    McCullum is dangerous... When the games is won, the opposition are tired or there are serious runs on the board, but he needs to score runs when times are tough. He is NOT a match winner.

    Ryder is good, just needs to slow down a bit. Now that Guptill is firing, there'll be less pressure on him to go at a SR of 150.

    I think Neesham has bowling potential and at his good pace, stick with him.

  • MANU on January 29, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    @Lion83... I think u were mentioning the tour of zimbawe.. Yes.. They can give zimbawe a run for their money

  • Alex on January 29, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    congratz nz. you deserve to win the series but i expected better from nz fast bowlers. May be i think pitches were flat and also boundaries were very short which makes batsman to go for Sixer as risk vs reward is better with short boundary. I still think nz bowlers need better plan for indian batsman and find their weakness in that which ball and which area they can not score easily. Some are nudgers , you do not bowl to them at body. Stroke makers bowl to them offstump line. Also if a player do not hook well , you have to bowl ball at chest height. Key thing is you do not change things for wickets or just for change , you change things so keep batsman guessing.

  • Dummy4 on January 29, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    Indians outplayed. Those the first three matches were close, NZ held the upper hand. They played very aggressively, never afraid to go for the big shots. Whereas Indians apart from pathetic bowling could not built a platform or meaningful partnership at the top. They kept losing wickets at crucial moment throughout the series. Forget about their bowling, they were leaking consistently over 300 the last few matches. The batting was also a let down.

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