The captain of the New Zealand cricket team, Kane Williamson, stated that he could not have asked for a better performance from his team as New Zealand whitewashed India in the two-match Test series. The Kiwis were at a loss on how to win against the Men in Blue after they had been whitewashed in the T20I series with a 0-5 loss.
However, the hosts did not take the whitewash to heart as they came up with a new yet successful strategy to defeat the visitors 3-0 and 2-0 in the ODI and Test series respectively.
New Zealand currently ranks third in the ICC World Test Championship points table with 180 points after defeating India. Out of the last seven matches, the Kiwis have played, they have won three times and lost four times. At the post-match presentation, ICC World Test Championship was asked to describe his feelings after knowing that his team has defeated team India, which is also the top-ranked Test team in the world.
Kane said that defeating a “world-class” team such as India was an outstanding feeling, and the whole team contributed greatly to complete a Test series whitewash against them.
He said, “Outstanding feeling. Fairly sporting surfaces in both Tests. Bowlers had to put it in the right areas, but this pitch played well on all the days, even though history suggests it flattens out after doing a bit initially.
I think therein lies the value of the 30-40 run partnerships. I don’t think the end result shows how tight that match was. We saw how many times the ball beat the bat.”
“A fantastic series from outside and the way the guys stuck in. India are a world-class side and to beat them is quite satisfying. Jamieson’s a very exciting talent and contributed incredibly well with both bat and ball in both games. He’s tall and gets bounce which is very helpful in these conditions.
The runs he scored in the backend of both games were very valuable. Great progress for him. The guys had to be disciplined, and the wicket was doing enough, but the fast outfields did allow runs, and it was important to hang in there. A few heavy learning curves, a few good bits in this summer, but these are all part of it. You’re always trying to improve and the two games here have been opportunities to learn too.”