New Zealand v India, 5th ODI, Wellington

A 'ground-breaking' series for NZ - McCullum

Abhishek Purohit in Wellington

January 31, 2014

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Brendon McCullum has termed the 4-0 win over India the "most satisfying" one-day contest he has been involved in and also called it a "ground-breaking" series for New Zealand. India, the World Cup and Champions Trophy winners, were ranked No. 1 going into the series, and McCullum said few had given New Zealand a chance at that time.

"From an ODI point of view, yes, this series is the most satisfying I have been a part of," McCullum said. "India arrived here as the No. 1 team in the world and not many expected us to compete with them, let alone get a series whitewash. We didn't allow them to play to their potential. But they are a very, very good team and as I have said before, we are very respectful of their standing in the game as the No. 1 team when they arrived on our shores. For us, as the No. 8 team, to put in a performance to topple these guys is something that makes this victory even sweeter. They have proven careers and proven statistics over a period of time and hence their ranking of No. 1 when they came here. Fortunately we have been able to topple them, which has been pleasing.

"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 the bowlers stepped up for us. So overall a ground-breaking series for us."


Kane Williamson hit two fours and two sixes, New Zealand v India, 4th ODI, Hamilton, January 28, 2014
Kane Williamson was the highest run-scorer of the series, 361 in five innings © Getty Images
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MS Dhoni said the difference between the sides was the middle-order batting, and McCullum agreed that Williamson and Taylor's contributions were key to New Zealand's dominance. "We are getting more runs, consistently, and that is on the back of some good form," McCullum said. "Especially the way Ross and Kane have batted through the middle overs. For your Nos. 3 and 4 to stamp their authority on the series the way they have done and the partnerships they have been able to create and get us in those positions to kick on towards the end. And not just kick on, because both of them have also batted very deep, that's allowed us to get big totals and when you get big totals then you are going to be pretty competitive.

"We have backed that up with the ball but I will put the majority of our success in this series down to the way our Nos. 3 and 4 have played."

Apart from the middle order, McCullum was also pleased with the efforts of his bowlers, who came out on top against the India batsmen in close finishes through the series. Kyle Mills had said this New Zealand attack was the deepest he had played in, and McCullum said the hosts were starting to develop a formidable bowling unit.

"Encouraging from a bowling point of view. Today we saw Matt Henry coming in his first game and it is a dream debut really," McCullum said. "His performance was fantastic and one that I am sure he will remember for a long time. It just shows the depth that we are starting to build in the fast bowling area. Kyle Mills also got stuck in today, so that's also a big gain for us from the series. The Southees, McClenaghans, Bennetts, Neesham, Anderson. We are starting to build a pretty formidable group of bowlers we are able to pick from and it is pretty encouraging.

"It's pleasing that new guys are coming into the environment and performing straight away but those guys work really hard behind the scenes as well. They play in domestic cricket to earn the opportunities that they are given, and in terms of role clarity I think we have seen guys mature into their roles and careers. The environment allows these guys to come in and perform and enjoy representing their country because it's the greatest time of their life and they should be able to get those results and when they do, it's pleasing for everyone."

New Zealand had already sealed the series in the fourth ODI in Hamilton but McCullum said there was absolutely no problem in motivating themselves for the fifth and final match. "We have worked very, very hard behind the scenes. We are not good enough to be complacent at this stage. We are not good enough to walk into a game half-hearted and today was a ruthless streak that we have been asking for a long time.

"Again we were led by the batting. It was tough because we desperately wanted to bowl first. To then peel off 300 with the bat was a nice feeling at half-time. Most of this ruthlessness and consistency is down to the way Ross and Kane have been batting."

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Posted by   on (February 2, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

India should have more like a test team for one days as the players like Dravid and Tendulkar were in the past , it is not a bad idea to try Pujara Kohli Vijay Rahane (not all at once but in a rotation) to have stability in the middle order and even opening positions to be more consistent in winning games

Posted by   on (February 1, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

India biggest weakness to play on out side the india, every body know that indian world class having difficulty on green top wickets, swing and difficult face to pace bowling. it is only works when india should get a good coach to train the raw telent and trying to get fast bowlers from school or club level..they can not trained directly one who got the into the team and change his speed or learn techniques.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

From last 12 ODI [outside India], India won just 1, tie 1 [luckily] & lost 10 of them... So they are definitely Minnows... they should play in the 2nd tier of ODI with China, Namibia, Hongkong or Canada...

Posted by   on (February 1, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

In 2011 India wet to SA Kallis hit golden form, In 2012 India went to Aus Poting & Clarke hit golden form, India went to SA DeCock hit super form.India went to NZ Taylor & Wlliamson hit golden form.........................Why every opposition batsman hit golden form against India only & that form deflates once series vs India r over ...........Y is that India receives 300+ score in 30 % of their games in all worldwide pitches against all oppositions (World's Worst) whereas SA & Pak receive 300+ only in 5 % matches..................WHY OH WHY......... THE REASON IS INDIAN BOWLING IS WORLD'S WORST

Posted by scarrule on (February 1, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

Yeah indeed... India got white-washed in odi. Bt test will be lot more difficult then ehat NZ is hoping for. The likes of vijay pujara nd zaheer are waiting to have a go. Mind i tell u this test team gave SA a run for there money in previous test series in there own backyard. Nd more-over short ball strategy won't be fruit-full as batsmen will be more than happy to leave them as they did against steyn nd co. So all the best NZ. Hope the best team win.

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (February 1, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

Indeed ground breaking series for NZ & business as usual for team india, let the "mission humiliation tour" continue......

Posted by bigshotplayer on (February 1, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

If big 3 proposal passes India will never play outside South Aisa maybe India.

My colleague is from New Zealand, he always used to tell me how India is better than New Zealand in cricket. Well I used to tell him that New Zealand can beat the best team in the world at home. Now he knows that I am right.

Posted by niazbhi on (February 1, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

NZ has better quicks and decent spinners. Their batting department is not far behind india's. They can or should beat india at a neutral venue.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2014, 12:40 GMT)

credit went for williamson n taylor but m not happy with selection committee of newzealand thinking y they didnot allow anderson to play in 4th n 5th odis

Posted by spinkingKK on (February 1, 2014, 11:25 GMT)

I hope New Zealand don't get overconfident. This series whitewash very much predictable. India just didn't have it in them. New Zealand had a series win against West Indies. I am sure West Indies gave better performance. But, what New Zealand got understand is, they have only beaten two of the most inconsistent teams in the world. But, I do regard New Zealand as a top class ODI team anyway. I believe it is Australia and New Zealand at the top two positions. A bit hard to differentiate between them. Watching any team batting against India is same story. When I walk past the TV screen, I can see that the opponent is some 100 something for nothing more than 1 fer. So, obviously, there is a problem in the bowling. Then, batting depth is a big problem. They have found Ashwin and Jadeja. But, need to pack the team with Pace bowlers who can bat and field. Aaron seems to bowl fast. That is a positive. But, I don't know if the management will persist with him to make a champion out of him.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2014, 9:38 GMT)

I loved seeing the comaraderie in the kiwi side. I hope the nz management takes a sensible rotation policy with these bowlers who all look to be pretty good on their day (Shane Bond you are a legend, maybe with better management of the stresses that bowlers bodies are put through we could have seen even better out of you). India will never in my eyes be the best cricket team in the world until they learn how to field - they may be the best batting team, or occasionally the best bowling team (in certain conditions) BUT not the best cricket team. Maybe the should always bat first and put 19 year olds in as substitute fielders for the batsmen, at least that way the next generation will know how to field (and will work harder for their bowlers).

Posted by android_user on (February 1, 2014, 8:05 GMT)

bcci should pull team india out just like ZIM stopped playing for a while abroad tours against holand scotland ireland zimbabawe should be arranged immediately india could also play against a world 11 consisting of ex internatinol players the boards of SL and PAK should help india out in this difficult situation the stars from these countries should hold a talent search camp in india and find them players

Posted by   on (February 1, 2014, 6:20 GMT)

Indian should be placed on 2nd Tier team when they play overseas.They should play with Kenya,ireland,scotland,afgahnistan etc.,

Posted by android_user on (February 1, 2014, 5:52 GMT)

@Cpt meanster. I really hope you haven't started watching cricket recently. If you've seen enough, you must remember that NZ is one of those countries who simply don't sledge at all. We are not aussies who sledge our every opponent.

And as for your team being better, why didn't you win then? NZ have had plenty of bowlers who are/were better than all of your country has ever produced. NZ's fielding is whole lot better than India's. I wonder myself what you're talking about.

Posted by Lermy on (February 1, 2014, 4:30 GMT)

Remarkable performance from NZ considering quite a few batsmen could have contributed a lot more. The bowling was very consistent though in putting the Indian batting under pressure. NZ know how India feel, after having been thrashed away from home by Bangladesh.

Posted by Ramki77 on (January 31, 2014, 23:39 GMT)

The important lessons learned on this tour are as follows:

1. Fielding: There was a sea of difference in the matter of fielding by the two sides. The NZ fielding was far superior.

2. Bowling: You cannot choose a bowler like Bhuvaneshwar Kumar for this trip. He is far too slow for any batsman including the no. 11. Besides he attempts to bowl bouncers, which is a laughing stock. Other bowlers were not consistent enough. Look at the way Kyle Mills bowled. Back of a length deliveries should have been the case. Indians either bowled full length which were either easily driven, or when fast enough, easily defended too. Bowling let India down in a big way.

3. Batting: Terrible to say the least. Rahane, Raina, etc are not supposed to stay in the ODI overseas team. Why are they not giving chance to Pujara? He is a far superior choice to any of these players. The batting performance was spineless barring the one tied match.

Posted by Bishop on (January 31, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

@Alexk400 Absolutely not! No tinkering...this is the lineup that should take us to the world cup.

Guptill is a slow starter, that is true, but he has the ability to change gears very quickly once he is set. Ryder is the perfect companion for him because he starts middling them straight away. Ryder hasn't stuck around for quite as long as we (and he) would like, but he is striking the ball as well as he ever has, and considering not 12 months ago he was in a medically induced coma, I think he deserves persevering with. Both have struck magnificent centuries this summer.

I haven't felt this confidence in our top order since Stephen Fleming retired, so let's leave it alone. The only change I would possibly countenance is somehow working Trent Boult into the squad as I feel he would be a handful in helpful conditions.

Posted by Al.Turner on (January 31, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

I have had the pleasure of being NZ can since 1982 when I was 12yrs old watching Glenn Turner, Richard Hadlee, Martin &Jeff Crowe, Ian Smith, John Wright/Bruce Edgar, Ewen Chatfield, Lance Cairns, Geoff Howarth, Jeremy Coney were my main hero's then....and I have loved players like Nathan Astle, Chris Harris, Chris Cairns, Shane Bond, Stephen Fleming, Daniel Vettori, Chris Martin, Brian Young, ken Rutherford, Mark Greatbatch, Andrew Jones, Gavin Larsen, Danny Morrison and maybe afew more that have slipped my mind....I would have seen 90% of every ball bowled anywhere in the world, so I am a NZ cricket tragic....in saying this I now add EVERY SINGLE CURRENT player (including all the debut players in last two series against W.I & INDIA) as great players of world class standards). For the first time I don't feel we have ANY weak links....players go in and out of form but they are still great....between test squad and ODI and 20/20 we have now about 20 top guys to form a formidable team..

Posted by KiwiPom on (January 31, 2014, 20:35 GMT)

Amazing what can happen when #3, #4 do their jobs. This is of course the single most important reason NZ won.

Posted by parvinder7 on (January 31, 2014, 20:21 GMT)

like i said i am a true indian fan. I have watched this team india team since july 2011 under dhoni. Shame on dhoni you have been battered bruised and hammered on all occasions. My predictions have been right on all occasions. We won the champions trophy not on dhoni's captaincy but we got lucky with sharma's 18th over. Had morgan stayed we would of lost. It has been proven that dhoni's selections have been wrong. I knew nz would beat india, any team can beat india now its no surprise. Look at the crowds in india for the odi against ozzies. India needs to sack dhoni and let fletcher run the team. Put pujara as test captain, kohli or sharma as one day captain or t20. Nz u didnt beat india, anybody can beat dhoni. Kholi helped india in west indies in july or if dhoni didnt get injured we would of lost there. As long as srinivasan stays in india, india will keep losing. Had Dhoni bin dismissed as test captain after australia tour we would be much better. Bcci, csk thats why u dont win now

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 31, 2014, 19:33 GMT)

@Shane Bond: What are you talking about man ? McCleneghan is ONE guy out of several members of the NZ cricket team. McCleneghan doesn't represent the actions or intentions of an entire people okay ? It's his individual behaviour that stood out. Him sledging Sharma was refreshing to see. But I thought overall McCleneghan was average and poor. Still, it is indeed true that the IPL has made a lot of these players softer towards each other. We saw that in the Australia v India series too. No sledging whatsoever. Because tomorrow they have to be team mates for 5 weeks playing and toiling hard together in the IPL. So you cannot ignore such realities. NZ have immense respect towards India whether you like it or not. Yes, India lost it 4-0 but overall history suggests India are better than NZ in every aspect. But well done to Black Caps for beating us 4-0.

Posted by vj3478 on (January 31, 2014, 19:11 GMT)

All credit to NZ middle-order and NZ bowling?? Did not even mention about the great Indian batting/bowling/fielding. Not fair

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 31, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

congratz nz. One thing kane and taylor did good is build partnership that become base for big scores. They got good blue print. Guptil has skills but he is too defensive as opener. Ryder is too erratic. NZ should tinker with openers with few young batsman and hope one or two clicks. Because not all games kane and ross taylor going to be there.

Posted by LegSpinBowlr on (January 31, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Congrats NZ well played, Ind need more retrospection, wat can a capt do when his team is performing inconsistently, primary problem for india is Batting, even in india the bowling got smacked all over but the batting came to the rescue (ind vs aus series) but in bowler friendly conditions if the bowling doesnt deliver thn it has become more difficult for batting to step up and deliver, So either bowling should improve considerably or the batting has to improve their standards u know step up their game to cover for the bowlers inadequacies, god help the capt and indian side

Posted by Whatsgoinoffoutthere on (January 31, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

New Zealand and India are similar in one respect: they are both teams that are far stronger under conditions similar to those available on home turf. I'm not saying for one minute that New Zealand didn't play very well (they did) or that India are capable of more (which they are). However, I don't think these results can be viewed in isolation: we need to see a return series in India to make a definitive judgement.

Curiously, the most positive thing New Zealand can take out of this for the future is probably not the win. They've unearthed some talented young players in this series and Jesse Ryder has taken his first steps back into international cricket. That's very good news all round for a team that has a very small population from which to draw its national squad.

Posted by Lion83 on (January 31, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

NZ vs SL in next year will be a exiting series just before world cup

Posted by android_user on (January 31, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

@CricketMaan This 7th ranked team won overseas series vs RSA and England and drew against Sri Lanka. And "rubbing shoulders?" Mcclenaghan sledged sharma in 1st game. And mind I tell you we New Zealanders don't sledge.

Posted by CricketMaan on (January 31, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

Baz is all good words for India coz soon he will rub shoulders in IPL with these guys! A reason why there were no sledging in both SA and NZ tour. Even though India got smacked, the opposition have shown all praise, maybe a plan to up thier ego and then push them down with results. A fantastic bowling unit for NZ, but the challenge will be for them to peform in non responsive flat flat track of subcontinent, neither short ball, or seam wil work there and Indians will paly on front foot to a half track and smack it over the line! All home teams are now very very strong and overseas tours are becoming so one sided! Lets c if Aus can change it against SA

Posted by mensan on (January 31, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

Certainly its ground breaking. #7 ranked team winning 4-0 against #1 team... like another whitewash.

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